By Kayli Mirth English III-H-7
Who Is Rosa Parks?
Rosa Parks is an activist who contributed to the spark of the civil rights movement. By refusing to give up her seat for a white man, she made a mark for equality. Because segregation is bias in favor of white Americans, Rosa Parks was immediately arrested and is now recognized for her bravery and leadership in the 1950's.
The Significance of Rosa Parks in American Development
She is a woman who not only risked her life, she also risked the lives of Africa Americans. With the help of Martin Luther King Jr., Parks revolutionizes America through her publicity. In the video, her renown shows through her actions.
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott: 60 Years Later - Fast Facts | History
Rosa Parks- the day she was arrested.
Here is a picture of Rosa Parks sitting in the bus before she is violently pulled out of her seat and arrested.
(Left) Rosa Parks and (Right) Martin Luther King Jr. commute on behalf of the civil rights movement.
The Connections Between Parks and Thoreau in Relations to Civil Disobedience
In the aspects of Thoreau's excerpts, Parks' activism runs through her actions. From Thoreau's perspective, life consists of laws and government communications. If a country relies on the people, government's power would cease to limit man's expectations. But because there are laws and referendums, a strong and constitutional government regulates the people like a big brother. This leads into the opposition of slavery. Thoreau once said, "for it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever..." When Rosa Parks saw the opportunity to reform the government, she grasped it and held on hoping for a change in segregation. Because she was arrested, the ordeal was stressed and created into a movement for civil equality. The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement dies of natural cause, never seeing the end of segregation. However, it doesn't mean Parks was not impacting. Today, segregation is by law entirely cleared by the government. Through it all, Americans will find Parks as a brave and independent woman in a time period where her life seemed belittled.