Rosa Parks: A Significance in Society.
Racism and prejudice have been dominant issues in the United States for many years. Being such a major issue is society, racism know matter how hard the people try will always be an issue in someone's life. Particularly African Americans have been denied basic human rights such as getting a fair trial, eating in a certain restaurant, or sitting in certain seats of public buses. However, in 1955 a woman named Rosa Parks took a stand, or more correctly took a seat, on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama which is where my book On the Bus with Rosa Parks by Rita Dove begins. Then she refused to give her seat to a white man and was arrested for not doing so. The reasons and consequences and the significance made a huge impact on society that day. .
Rosa Parks worked for the equality of all people. She was elected secretary of the Montgomery branch of the National Advancement of Colored People, unsuccessfully attempted to vote many times to prove her point of discrimination, and had numerous encounters with bus drivers who discriminated against blacks. She was weary of the discrimination she faced due to the Jim Crow laws, which were laws were intended to prohibit blacks from mixing with white. .
Due to the Jim Crow laws, blacks were required to give their seats to white passengers if there were no more empty seats. This is exactly what happened on December 1, 1955. On her way home from work, Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white man and was shortly arrested. Even though she knew what the consequences were for refusing to leave her seat, she .
decided to take a stand against a wrong that was the norm in society. She knew that she would be arrested, yet she decided that she would try to make a change. Although her arrest would seem .
like she lost her battle, what followed would be her victory. Rosa Parks's stand was so significant that she is called the mother of the civil rights movement.