Today in History-Rosa Parks

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Today in History-Rosa Parks

This Month in History

On Dec. 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus which started the Montgomery City Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks was sitting in the colored section of the bus when a white man wanted her to give up her seat because the white section was full. She refused to give up her seat and the bus driver called the police. Parks was arrested and charged with disorderly contact and released on bail. In response the NAACP organized the Montgomery City Bus Boycott what encouraged people to stop riding the bus and walk until everyone could ride the bus together. The boycott lasted 388 days. It led to segregated buses being outlawed in Alabama by the Supreme Court. It is an important moment of the civil right movement.

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