(NEW YORK) — 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.
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