Rosa Parks

By: Melissa Buchanico

Rosa Parks was a black woman who was victim of a racial “crime” in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. She was arrested because she

refused to give up her seat to a white man and during this time white people had more power over blacks. Rosa Parks was a female integrationist

who stood up and fought for civil rights, the bus boycott, and stood by Martin Luther King’s side to gain freedom and equality for the African American

race.

The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) was an organization that fought for equality and civil rights. Rosa Parks

was the secretary and fought for blacks when they needed help with cases such as rape, murder, and racial crimes. The NAACP jumped into the

court cases and boycotts to help Rosa Parks because they believed in equality and wanted to try their hardest to get the world peaceful. Martin

Luther King was an active member of the NAACP and stood by Rosa’s side throughout the “crime” case.

Martin Luther King became very well known during this incident because he fought for equality between every one and organized strikes for Rosa

Parks. He believed, as did everyone else, that people should come together to be friends. When he realized that no matter how many speeches he

gave, nothing was working. He then organized a boycott and said that it was the only way to fight back, thus the “bus boycott” was born.

The bus boycott continued on for a year, ending on December 20, 1956. It consisted of groups of African Americans. It started out only to be a

one-day protest and continued on for what seemed forever. The bus boycott had rules; blacks would not ride buses, segregation had to be

abolished before they boarded another bus, and they wanted black people to be able to drive buses. This bus boycott was very successful because

in the end, black people were equal to white people because they were able to ride the bus freely.

In the end, black people had more freedom and Rosa Parks was let off in some way. She stayed strong throughout her husband’s sickness and her

struggles through racism and was successful in life. She made a huge impact on African American’s all throughout the world.