One Pager- Rosa Parks

By: Kaitlyn Rodysill, and Jaren Groves

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Famous Quote

"Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome."

8 Facts:

- Critics of Parks have said that her fame was undeserved because she was not the first person to protest bus segregation, but, she never claimed to be.

- Jackie Robinson inspired her; he was court-martialed (and later acquitted) when he refused to give up his bus seat to a white Army officer in Fort Hood, Texas.

- While she had made headlines in the fight for civil rights, the main battles were still largely waged by men

- Rosa Parks won numerous awards, including the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Award for Freedom.

- When she died on October 24, Parks became the second African-American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, an honor known to be given only to a select few, the last being former President Ronald Reagan; thousands came to see her.

- Rosa Parks wasn't the first African American to be arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus.

- Her act set in motion a 381-day bus boycott, which became one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history.

- Parks' act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement; and she became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.

Two Paragraphs

Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She didn't realize her simple act would motivate so many people. This brought national attention to segregation, and started a boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, public transport system. She is known today as the "mother of the civil rights movement." Throughout Rosa Park's life, she continued to work hard for desegregation and equality.
Before the Civil Rights Movement, blacks faced much harsher discrimination than they do today. There are still many people who discriminate against people different than themselves. Blacks are still not treated equally in many different situations. But, many whites believe in equality and strive for good relationships with blacks. The example of Rosa Parks life can continue to inspire and educate us to do better.