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Rosa Parks Contributions

How did Rosa Parks contribute to society?

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In short, Rosa Parks shows the power of one person to ignite needed social change.

When Parks originally refused to give up her seat, she said that she was simply tired of giving in. She knew that she faced arrest if she failed to comply with the bus driver's demands for her to move, but she inherently knew that this was a battle worth fighting.

The police were called, and Parks was removed from the bus and arrested. On the day of her trial, African Americans were urged to stay home and not utilize the Montgomery bus system as a sign of protest against her arrest. The initial response was encouraging, and organizers encouraged protesters to continue avoiding the city's buses. This became known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and eventually led to a case which was heard by the United States Supreme Court, who declared segregation on public means of transport was illegal.

Following her trial, Parks faced personal difficulties in Montgomery; both she and her husband were fired from their jobs....

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thewanderlust878 | Student

Rosa Parks was a brave, confident woman who fought for what she believed in throughout her entire life. She is best remembered for her leadership and involvement in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. Her most notable part in the Civil Rights movement was when she refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her refusal sparked a city-wide boycott, and also fueled nationwide boycotts and activism to end segregation. She is still remembered to this day for her contributions to the betterment of the United States, and for creating equal rights for every American citizen. 

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The Civil Rights movement of the 60's was in great need of rally cry event.  Rosa Parks provided that rally cry.  By her refusing to give up her seat, it would become the focal point to end segregation in the South.  Championed by Martin Luther King Jr., and others, the Montgomery buss boycott would send a powerful message through out the South.  I often wonder if Rosa Parks really had any idea of the impact her actions that day on the South and the country.