Rosa Parks Arrested


Rosa Parks, age 42, was arrested on December 1, 1955 for not moving when the bus driver told her to. She was asked to move so there would be room for white people to sit in the seats because the bus was full. She was fingerprinted, booked, and held for a while. Her family was scared for her life ad was afraid that the police would beat her.


Rosa Parks arrest led to the 381 day Montgomery Bus Boycott and also led to the 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation. Martin Luther King Jr. also gained fame during this time because of his well-coordinated, peaceful boycott and captured the world's attention.