Rosa Parks

By: Blake Ritter 5th period

What did she do?

Rosa Parks was an African American civil rights activist whom would later be called "the mother of the freedom movement". She was made famous by her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white man just because of her skin color. Later her actions started a famous bus boycott, and her time being an activist was at its height during the 1950's.
Rosa Parks and the Mongomery bus boycott

How does Rosa Parks compares to Thoreau?

Rosa Parks and Henry David Thoreau may have their differences but what they believed in was very similar. Thoreau once said "This American Government - what is it but a tradition ... each instant losing some of it's integrity". This applies to Parks' situation in which racial segregation within America had become somewhat mainstream/traditional and for each second that no one stood up and did something about it America lost some of it's integrity. Parks was one of the people willing to take to risk to stand up for what they believed in. Thoreau also stated that " such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens". People such as Rosa Parks and others who broke the law through civil disobedience are considered good citizens compared to the people that support the segregation that took place. Rosa Parks may have broken the law and the supporter may not have, but of the two which would you consider the more morally correct individual ... Rosa Parks or her opposition? Parks helped to further her community and herself while the supporter of segregation simply and selfishly only attempted to further themselves. So in the end ... were Rosa Parks and Henry David Thoreau so different after all?