This Tuesday marked the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks courageous act. On Dec. 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama Rosa Louise McCauley Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man. Her simple yet great act molded Mrs. Parks into an iconic symbol in the Civil Rights Movement for years to come.
Her actions were based on social change, revolution, and dignity. Because she decided to remain seated, Americans have the right to sit wherever they choose without worry or repercussion. At the time, her actions caught the attention of many-black and white. Perhaps the most famous listener was the great Martin Luther King Jr.
Rosa Parks’ choice helped to launch the Montgomery Bus Boycotts which continued for more than a year.
USA Today writers, Lindsay Deutsch and Josh Moon, state, “After Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., made a speech at Holt Street Baptist Church asking people to join in the fight against segregation, nearly 20,000 passengers boycotted Montgomery’s buses regularly for the 381 days it lasted, and by the end of the boycott — after some bus lines shut down routes to black neighborhoods because they could no longer sustain the costs — more than 40,000 regular riders of the buses were no longer on them.”
Not only was Parks an icon, but she was a sister, seamstress, and neighbor. Her actions demonstrate that it only takes one person to make a difference and spark a revolution.