Rosa Parks’ Fight Against Segregation

Rosa Parks was on the bus coming home from work  on December 1, 1955, when some white people came to ride the bus. The bus driver came to her saying she had to give her seat to the white people. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and and went to jail for doing so. After getting out of jail, she inspired thousands of people to fight for their rights without using violence to solve the problem of segregation. By doing this, she became the most important woman in all of American history.

Rosa Parks was the most important woman in history because she was a leader of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).NAACP.org says, “Rather, she had been a knowledgeable NAACP stalwart for many years, and gave the organization the incident it needed to move against segregation…”NAACP | NAACP History: Rosa Parks. They’re saying that she wasn’t tired, she planned for it to happen so that they could possibly stop segregation.This proves the topic sentence because it shows how she planned her refusal on the bus happening. Anyone else that refused didn’t plan ahead whereas she knew this would impact history.History.com says, “Parks—who had lost her job and experienced harassment all year—became known as “the mother of the civil rights movement.” http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/rosa-parks. This quote means even though she was harassed and lost her job she was stilled called the “the mother of the civil rights movement.”This also proves the topic because it means black people thought of her as the important woman they named her that. UShistory.org says, “ On a cold December evening in 1955, Rosa Parks quietly incited a revolution — by just sitting down.”http://www.ushistory.org/us/54b.asp. What this quote is saying is that Rosa Parks fought for her rights by using non-violence. This really proves the topic sentence because it’s saying she used non-violence. As you can see this is why Rosa Parks is called the most important woman in American history.

The way Rosa Parks inspired thousands of people was by being a role model and fighting for everyone’s rights.“Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history.” biographyonline.net/humanitarian/rosa-parks.html. Rosa Parks inspired people to start the Montgomery Bus Boycott just by having a trial and being arrested for standing up for her rights. This proves my topic sentence because she was a role model to other people to inspire them. “A unanimous agreement was made that black people would boycott the buses until fair seating was arranged, changes were made to the way blacks were treated on the bus, and some black drivers were hired.” http://rosaparksfacts.com/montgomery-bus-boycott/. Rosa Parks made a change in the way the buses worked which inspired more changes. Since Rosa Parks inspired people, blacks were treated equally on buses. “The boycott of public buses by blacks, began on the day of Parks’s court hearing and lasted 381 days.” http://www.achievement.org/achiever/rosa-parks/. The boycott lasted 381 days and began on the day of Rosa Parks court trial. Rosa Parks made a boycott that lasted a year. That is the way she inspired thousands of African Americans to get equal rights as white people. This is how Rosa Parks inspired thousands of people to get equal rights as black people and eventually followed MLK.

Last but not least, Rosa Parks was the most important woman in American history because she did everything without violence. “We must meet violence with nonviolence.” http://teacher.scholastic.com/rosa/nonviolence.htm. Rosa Parks believes in ending segregation with non-violence. This quote is by MLK and Rosa Parks supported and followed him so she also believed in nonviolence. “When Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat back in 1955, she was protesting injustice nonviolently.” Rosa Parks protested injustice with nonviolence – Urban Faith. Rosa Parks fought a non violence fight against injustice, segregation, and racism. Rosa parks started a war with non violence by refusing to the bus driver and using non violence in that way. “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. It is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” Rosa Parks protested injustice with nonviolence – Urban Faith. Rosa Parks believed using non violence as a weapon that is still effective but does not harm. Rosa Parks thought using non violence would be like fighting a war where one side can win but no one gets hurt. Rosa Parks was one of many people to end segregation without using any violence.

Rosa Parks was the most important woman women in American history for many reasons. She fought segregation using non violence with civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr, and with the NAACP she inspired thousands of people do that as well. She inspired people by doing the Montgomery bus boycott. The Montgomery bus boycott was when colored people all over Montgomery, Alabama didn’t use the bus or buy tickets for a  little over a year so the buses wouldn’t get any money or, at least very, few at all.

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