Celebrities, Historians and Politicians Remember Rosa Parks on what would have been her 106th Birthday
by Black Cotton Apparel
Rosa Parksbecame one of the major symbols of the civil rights movementafter she was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger in 1955. For 381 days, African-Americans boycotted public transportation to protest Parks' arrest and, in turn, segregation laws. The boycott led to a Supreme Court ruling desegregating public transportation in Montgomery. In this photo, Parks rides the bus a day after the Supreme Court ruling in 1956.
The 42-year-old seamstress and secretary of her local NAACP chapterdefied Jim Crow laws that called for the separation of the races by refusing to move to the back of a bus to allow a white man to have her seat.
That defiant act in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 was a pivotal point in the civil rights movement and transformed Parks into a symbol of the struggle. Social media marked the day and remembered her, with some taking note of the current plight of African-Americans.
Rosa Parks would have been 106 today — watch Obama’s beautiful tribute to the civil rights trailblazer back in 2013 pic.twitter.com/e1JBxohpoS
Parks died in 2005 at the age of 92.In a 1995 interview, she said she wasn't angry about being asked to leave her seat, just resolute.
"I don't remember feeling that anger, but I did feel determined to take this as an opportunity to let it be known that I did not want to be treated in that manner and that people have endured it far too long," she said.