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Rosa Parks On Bus

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December 1st marks the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ 1955 arrest. Parks was arrested after she refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man, which sparked the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rev. Martian Luther King Jr. organized the bus boycott, which led to many other boycotts throughout the South. The boycott went into full effect on December 5, 1955, and finally ended over a year later, after the Supreme Court ruled bus segregation was unconstitutional.

Today, Rosa Parks is remembered as the “mother of the civil rights movement,” as her arrest marked a pivotal moment in U.S. history.  You can read facts about Parks you might not have learned in school, here.