Above: Rosa Parks
On this day in 1955 Rosa Parks was jailed due to the fact that she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. As most people know, the south was a hard place for African-Americans to live due to segregation laws that forced them into being second class citizens. Buses were just one of the many things that were segregated, bathrooms, restaurants, even drinking fountains were segregated between white and black.
Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on the bus would ignite the Montgomery Bus Boycott which would become widely successful in the city. This was also the time when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. rose to lead the boycott and the Civil Rights movement across the country. However, Parks’ was not the first person to refuse to move on a bus, that distinction belongs to Claudette Colvin whose case rose to the Supreme Court who declared bus segregation unconstitutional in 1956.
Below: Claudett Colvin