An iconic day in history pushing back against bigotry. Rosa Parks Day.
60 years ago Rosa Parks, in a simple and non-violent act of defiance, catalyzed a movement that toppled a long established way of American life. Today would be a great day to reflect very long and deeply about what that meant then, and what it means now to you as an individual, your community, and all of us as a nation.
Dec. 1, 1955, was the day Rosa Parks became an icon for change. That was when the “Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement” refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.
Parks was arrested because segregation on buses was legal in Montgomery, Alabama, at the time. Parks, an NAACP member, wasn’t the first to refuse to give up a seat, but her action led to the Montgomery bus boycott. In 1956, the Supreme Court ruled to ban segregation on public buses.