“No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move. She held her seat in the coloured section of a bus, refusing to give it up to a white passenger, sparking outrage on both sides. Parks’ act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a protest against segregated seating, where African Americans refused to ride any city buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Since refusing to give up her seat, Parks has become synonymous with the American Civil Rights Movement. Throughout her life Parks remained involved in advancing the rights for African Americans, namely through the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Parks shows us that sometimes, the best action we can take is to stand (or sit) firmly in our beliefs.