December 1, 1955, Montgomery, Alabama - Rosa Parks was arrested after she refused to pay a $10 fine. She disobeyed the bus driver when she said she didn't want to give up her busseat to make room for a white passenger. She started a revolution that made it to the history books. What happened? What were the consequences? And most importantly: What was she wearing!?
Rosa Parks was an African American civil-rights activist. She was born in 1913 in a small town in alabama. She went to a local school. After that she continued her education at the Alabama Industrial school for girls, but was forced to drop out to take care of her sick relatives. After she married, she moved to Montgomery to work at the NAACP. The National Association for the Advancement of Coulored People, an organization that fought for political, educational, social and economic equality.
That day, December 1, 1955, she unleashed a revolution. Four days after she was arrested, the Montgomery bus-boy-cot was announced in all the black churches around town. They founded a group called "Montgomery Improvement Association" and as their president, they elected an unknown minister, one Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The whole African-American community stopped riding the bus. They would no longer "ride humiliation of this kind" as Parks called it, untill they would be treaded they way they wanted to. The montgomery bus firm lost over 40.000 daily clients and they almost went bankrupt. The news went across the whole nation. The boy-cot lasted over a year and until the law that required segregation in public buses, was lifted.
With this small act, Rosa Parks changed the world. She inspired Martin Luther King to write his book "stride towards Freedom." She was the direct cause to the fight for equal-rights all over the world. This fight has come a long way, but there are still many battles we have to fight.
She was a very refined lady. She knew her way on the sewing machine and she always appeared in a spotless outfit. (Take for example the photo of her and Martin Luther King, below) On the day of her arrest she wore a dark green, slightly brownish suit. A photograph was taken of her at the local police station and even then she still looked sophisticated and she remained a very pride woman. The picture at the
top of the page was taken the day after the Montgomery-Bus-Boycot was lifted. It was the first time she rode the bus again and as always she looked very classy with her iconic topcoat, that she wore many times.
Rosa Parks was a woman of honor and justice. A very inspiring woman. A woman who proved one person CAN make a difference.