On a cool day in Montgomery Alabama on December
1, 1955, Rosa Parks decided that she was done being treated like a second class citizen. That day, when she was asked
to vacate her seat on the bus for a white man, she made the fury filled decision to take a stand.
She was seated in the front of the black section of the bus. Throughout
the stops, the bus slowly accumulated additional passengers. She was asked to abandon her seat so a standing white man could
occupy it. When she refused, the bus driver, James Blake warned Rosa, "If you don't stand up, I'm going
to have to call the police and have you arrested." Rosa calmly replied, "You
may do that."
Some say that Parks was physically tired however, she said, "The only tired I
was, was tired of giving in." Although Rosa's actions were not premeditated, she knew
that they would have a magnanimous effect upon the black community, especially its transportation systems.
|Courtesy of: www.archives.gov/education/ lessons/rosa-parks/
Displayed above is the original fingerprint card of Rosa Parks from the day she was arrested.