One Pager- Rosa Parks
By: Kaitlyn Rodysill, and Jaren Groves
"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."
- 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.