Standing Alone But Moving A Nation: Rosa Parks

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Carlee Volz
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“Stand up for what you believe in even if it means standing alone”-Unknown. . Rosa Parks believed strongly in the equal treatment of everyone no matter their race. She is the perfect example of this quote she stood up (sat down) all alone in that bus seat without anybody defending her until after it happened. In the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” the characters Scout, Atticus, and Tom Robinson all stood up for something they believed in despite the fact that they were standing alone.
Rosa Parks born and raised in Alabama was sitting alone on a Montgomery city bus. The bus driver noticed a white man standing up and asked Parks to move so he could sit down and have her seat forcing her to stand up. When she refused to move he called the police and she was arrested. She didn’t know what would happen, if her friends would look at her differently, how long she would stay in jail, all she knew was ,”It was time for someone to stand up--or in my case, sit down. I refused to move." (Parks, Rosa). She had also said that, “For half of my life there were laws and customs in the South that kept African-Americans segregated from Caucasians and allowed white people to treat black people without any respect. I never thought this was fair, and from the time I was a child, I tried to protest against disrespectful treatment. But it was very hard to do anything about segregation and racism when white people had the power of the law behind them.” (The St. Petersburg Times)

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks fought for equal rights by refusing to give up her seat and was arrested. On December 5, 1955 Rosa Parks faced the court for her actions and on that same day the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a form of protest towards racial segregation on the public transit systems. It says here, “The boycott, initially planned only for the single day of Parks’ trial, proved so effective that black leaders decided on the afternoon of 5 December to continue it until the city commission and the bus company would agree to meet blacks' demand that the form of seating segregation on the buses be altered.”(Violence in America pg.) It took 381 days of fighting and protesting but they finally came to their final vote that it was unconstitutional to split them up based off race. All they’re hard work paid off and they achieved their goals of integrated bus systems. This is similar to when Scout defended herself, her father and her friends when her cousin Francis called them names in the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Francis calls Scouts’ friend Dill a “runt” and states how he doesn't have a home. Francis also comments on how Atticus lets Jem and her run wild and how he is ruining the families name because of the fact he is defending Tom Robinson. It’s says in the novel, “Francis looked at me carefully, concluded that I had been sufficiently subdued, and crooned softly,”nigger lover...” This time I...

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