On this day in 1955 a seamstress named Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man and was arrested for violating the city’s racial segregation laws. This incident would lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks was a trailblazer. You needed people like this to take a stand. It is hard for me to believe, someone who was born in 1960, that for example it wasn’t until 1947 that Jackie Robinson broke the colorline in baseball. It is hard for me to believe that America was like this 57 years ago.
Rosa Parks is a classic case of how an ordinary person can help to change history.
Rosa Parks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. After her death in 2005 at the age of 92 she became the first woman and the second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capital Rotunda.