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.