Tag: Rosa Parks

Remembering Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Today the United States remembers civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, on Rosa Parks Day. The civil rights leader was arrested on Dec. 1, 1955, for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her brave action that day helped spark national attention for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and furthered momentum of the civil rights movement taking hold in the South. It also would lead to an eventual Supreme Court ruling that bus segregation was unconstitutional. Rosa Parks Day was officially established for the first time in California in 2000. Read more about Rosa Parks and the ... Read more

On this day, Rosa Parks wouldn’t give up her bus seat

Today marks the 61st  anniversary of Rosa Parks’ decision to sit down for her rights on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, putting the effort to end segregation on a fast track. Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955, after she refused to give up her seat on a crowded bus to a white passenger. Read the full article on Constitution Daily >>> Photo Credit: Gary Malerba

Remembering the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Today is an important date in civil rights history. Eighty-nine African-Americans, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities in Montgomery, Alabama, on Feb. 22, 1956, after being indicted under a 1921 law “prohibiting conspiracies that interfered with lawful business.” The statute, designed to break trade union action, outlawed boycotts against businesses without “just cause.”  UAW President Walter Reuther was an avid supporter of civil rights at a time when people didn’t always speak out in support.  Reuther was later a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the UAW supported the movement in ... Read more