Resilience

How People Bounce Back

Rosa Parks

On December 1 in 1955, 48 year old Rosa Parks was getting on the bus for a ride home after a long day of work. She decided to take a seat on the bus just behind the white only section. Not long after that, the bus got full and a white man needed a seat. Rosa was told to get out of her seat and let the white man sit. She refused and thought that it was not his right to tell her to move. In the end, she was forced out of her spot and was arrested because she violated the segregation law. However, this did not stop her from fighting for her civil rights. On December 5, 1955, just a few days later, Rosa Parks rebuilt her confidence and helped Martin Luther King Jr. organize the Montgomery bus boycott. This meant that she gathered a group of African Americans to stop using the bus, causing the bus drivers to lose money. By doing this, she helped change the bus segregation laws. Eventually, Rosa’s acts against segregation paved the way for other African Americans to help abolish segregation.


Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was a brave African American who knew that he would fail and would have to get back up and gain his civil rights through the game of baseball. The problem is that people would torment him whether they are coaches or just people in the stadium. He would be playing the game when others would be yelling at him when he makes a mistake. These rude remarks made him feel hard on himself, but he came back and proved all of those people wrong by playing like no other ball player. In one of his games, there was a racist coach who was taunting Jackie with racist comments about his skin color. This could have lead to jackie wondering if the coach was right about how he should give up. However, if he thought negatively like that, then he would have never became successful. Because he was positive, the words did not affect him as much because he knew that to change people's minds he will have to show them how good of a player and person he is. However, these comments lead jackie to use these unkind words as motivation to make him work harder. The words discouraged him and he got down on himself, but then he bounced back and he showed everyone in the stadium that he was more than what they described him. He solved the problem by stepping up his game and proving to other people that they were wrong about his ability to recover from their negativity.


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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was a courageous women who dealt with many hardships that brought her down but she overcame them and gained her freedom. At the age of 29, she became a free woman by running away from her slave master. After she escaped slavery, she set goals that would help her fight against slavery and segregation. For example, Harriet wanted to help other runaway slaves get to the east where they would be considered free men and women. Despite her own problems with slavery, she got back up and became an underground railroad conductor who helped guide runaway slaves where to go to get to the east unnoticed by anyone. This shows a great example of resilience because she did this right after she became a free women. Most importantly, Harriet put her own problems aside and instead decided that she would rather help navigate runaway slaves to freedom. Her job as an underground railroad conductor was a risk to her freedom. For instance, if she was caught she would have been enslaved for the rest of her life. This is only one of the many risks that Harriet was taking. In a span of 10 years Harriet Tubman made nearly 20 trips into the south to rescue slaves. The resilience she showed helped her to get what she wanted which was to help free slaves and gain the civil rights she deserved.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr was a civil rights activist who had many difficulties that he slowly overcame to gain his success. He would always prefer peace over violence. Segregation was becoming a growing problem and blacks in need of help would seek Martin Luther King Jr’s advice. Martin Luther King Jr decided that it was time to do something about this ongoing problem. Because of this, he started peaceful protests in cities and neighborhoods of white citizens. Martin Luther King Jr went to jail because of his protests. This was just another reason for more protests to start. Little did he know, it would take years for blacks to get equal rights. This would affect white people by making them realize how badly they are treating blacks and how they should be considered people too. Martin Luther King Jr’s protests impacted the laws on segregation. By 1964, segregation laws were abolished and black men and women were given the same rights as white men and women. Martin Luther King Jr was astonished with the results of his peaceful protests and was even given a nobel peace prize for all of his actions during the segregation days. At the age of 35, he became the youngest person to receive a nobel peace prize. His resilience led the way for segregation to be abolished.

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Jackie Robinson VS Rosa Parks

Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks both showed a great deal of resilience especially while overcoming racial differences. They are two very different people, who both strive for similar results. Equality, Fair treatment, and a non discrimination community. They never gave in because they thought that they were doing the right thing for everyone. They realized that along the way they would fail, but they knew they would have to get back up and keep going. While they both wanted the same outcome, they achieved their goals in different ways. Rosa was influenced to work for equal rights because she was fed up with unfair treatment like the Montgomery bus incident. A white man told her to get out of her seat and she refused. On the other hand, Jackie got interested because he wanted to inspire other people to stand up for what they believe in. Jackie achieved his goals without many people standing by his side. He was one of the only black men to stand up for what he believed in and to bounce back from negativity when things got tough. However, Rosa had help from other people that wanted civil rights too. These two resilient people got what they wanted because of their great perseverance through difficulties and obstacles.