Rosa Parks

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All About Rosa

Rosa Parks was an African-American Civil Rights activist, the U.S. Congress called her the "first lady of civil rights". Parks' refusal to surrender her seat on the bus to another white passenger began a city-wide boycott in the town of Montgomery, Alabama. Her small decision to disobey helped to instigate the American Civil Rights movement of the 20th century.

Thoreau and Parks

Rosa Parks may be seen as civilly disobedient because of her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white passenger. Parks and Thoreau are similar because they both want to do what is right and make a difference. Thoreau says that voting for the right thing is not the same as actually doing something about it. He states "I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail". Parks knew the right thing was to stand up for herself and not give up her seat, and doing so made all the difference.