Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 of the Rosa Parks series
Rosa Parks was expected to give up her seat to a white passenger and she refused. This refusal launched an era of examining basic human civil rights. It launched an era going through change based on color, and and one that would follow based on gender discrimination. Rosa Parks was not the first woman to be courageous and fight the injustices of her day; there were others before her such as Irene Morgan in 1946, and Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, who had won congressional rulings on Interstate bus travel, but it would be Rosa Parks who would be the most celebrated of these early civil rights champions.
The early life of Rosa Parks
As a young girl she saw the bus pass by, but she knew she could not take it. The south was segregated thanks to the Jim Crow Laws. Rosa Parks is quoted as saying, “The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white world.”
Rosa did know of some kind acts done for her people by white people, but for the most part she grew to experience the negative acts which far outweighed the good ones. Her family had to lock the door to their home and her grandfather sat with a shotgun ready to fire; should the Ku Klux Klan break in during one of their marching parades down the street in front of her home. White northern teachers ran the school she attended; However, it was also burned twice by the local whites who did not approve of black children learning and getting an education in their area.
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