Rosa Parks is considered a hero because she stood up for equality for African Americans. In the South, segregation was legal. For example, there were separate seating sections on buses for whites and for blacks. On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks was sitting in the section of the bus reserved for African Americans. However, one white man was standing, so the bus driver ordered four African Americans to give up their seats. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. As a result, she was arrested. Her arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. African Americans refused to ride the buses in Montgomery for 381 days until the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on buses was illegal.
Rosa Parks stood up for equality. As a result of her actions, the civil rights movement took off in the South. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the leader of this movement. Eventually, African Americans gained many freedoms, such as the right to vote without restrictions and an end to segregation in public places. Because of her actions and the changes that resulted because of her actions, Rosa Parks is considered a hero.