Rosa Parks Civil Rights Activist

Done by: Yasmine Al- Khoulani

Introducing Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, her full name being Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was a Civil Rights Activist during her time and until this day is known as the "mother of the freedom movement". She was born on February 14, 1913 and died on October 24, 2005. During her time she made the change that began to introduce equality to people and influenced people to stand up for what they think is right.
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Courage is not the absence of fear - its inspiring others to move beyond it

Courage, one of Nelson Mandalas wise lessons of leadership. This lesson shows us that we must be brave and put up a tough front in front of others to inspire them and give them the power to move forward while just merely acting as if we are fearless. Rosa Parks demonstrated this lesson while when being asked to give up her seat on the bus to a white on December 1st ( the day she was arrested) instead she refused and questioned why she wasn't as deserving for that seat on the bus, compared to a white that was. Now December 1st which was most likely one of Rosa's most troubling days lives in her honor, now known as Rosa Parks day as well as her birthday. Inspiring others to be powerful and a leader just as she was.

Quitting is leading too

As Nelson Mandela mentioned "quitting is leading too" showing that a great leader must be able to fully accept their actions whether being wrong or right. Rosa did this when accepting that regardless of her own opinion of the seating on the bus and status that people have been given she did break the law. However as a great leader she was willing to accept the consequences that came with her actions. She told the truth when have been asked by police officers if the bus driver had already asked her to stand up and give her seat to the white and was arrested.

Nothing is black or white

Mandela had let it be known that nothing is black or white. With every decision comes an immense amount of thinking, wisdom and knowledge. Every decision is complex and will never be clear. Rosa demonstrated this when questioning the police officers asking why she was being pushed around and why a white was more deserving of a seat than she was. The officer replied "i don't know, but the law is the law and your under arrest". Rosa questioned people and influenced them to have an opinion rather than being drones of the law while seeking equality for all African -Americans.


To conclude, Rosa Parks is until this day an honored leader whos actions will never be forgotten. Leading this world into a brighter future and insuring that equality exists in the world. She is a true leader.
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