Hero and the Journey

Author and Contributor: Jayna Ennis

Hall of Heroes Nominee

Rosa Parks shaped America by helping to start the civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks was known as the first lady of the civil rights movement. She is well known for refusing to give up her seat on the bus. Parks did not give up her seat because she was was tired. She stated “People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” (Parks). When Parks refused her seat and set the foundation for the civil rights movement, Dr. King was in high school. Rosa Parks was one of the first leaders of the civil rights movement.

Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on the bus inspired a city bus boycott that lasted over a year. The Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation was no longer legal, and the people returned to the busses. Thanks to Rosa Parks there are no longer segregated busses. We can sit by whoever we want to, and wherever we want to on the bus. We should all thank Rosa Parks for doing this.


Theseus was living with his mom and grandfather. His mother told him that he didn't know his dad, and that he had left a challenge that Theseus would only be able to accomplish when he was ready to meet his father. He completed the challenge then left for Athens, where his father was king. Along the way he met thugs and evildoers, which he had to defeat. He made it to Athens where he was pronounced heir to the throne, then got taken to be a sacrifice. Theseus escaped, then had to make it through the labyrinth, an underground maze where he had to defeat the Minotaur. The minotaur was half man, half bull. He fell in love with a princess named Ariadne. On the way back to Athens he became friends with a pirate, who called in a favor that got them both stuck on a bench in Hades' realm until Hercules rescued Theseus.


Hercules was strong and smart from the time he was very young. He grew up and learned to use a bow and arrows. He killed his children in a frenzy, and was punished and made to do labors for his cousin, the king of Mycenae. He battled Poseidon, Ares, Zeus, the Hydra, Stymphalian birds, and got the apples of Hesperides. His last labor was to bring Cerberus to the surface. He died after that, went to Mount Olympus, and became a god.