Rosa Parks

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Brief Background

Parks is famous for her refusal to obey a bus driver's demand that she give up her seat to a white passenger. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history, and launched Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organizers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Her role in American history earned her an iconic status in American culture, and her actions have left an enduring legacy for civil rights movements worldwide.
Rosa Parks - Mini Bio

Rosa Parks and Civil Disobedience

Rosa Parks represents ideas found in Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" because Rosa Parks and Thoreau both wanted to do what is right and make a difference. Parks refused to give up her seat up on a bus to a white male passenger. Thoreau believed that voting for the right thing is not the same as doing something about it. Thoreau states "I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that right should prevail." Parks believed the right thing to do was stand up for herself so instead of moving she refused to give up her seat.