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Rosa Parks Takes a Stand Against Segregation

Rosa Parks gained international fame in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat in the "whites-only" section on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks, an employee of the Montgomery Fair department store and secretary for the NAACP, later said of the event, "It was just time... there was opportunity for me to take a stand to express the way I felt about being treated in that manner." This record from the Montgomery Police Department details Parks' subsequent arrest and fingerprinting. Although others had previously challenged segregation laws on buses and elsewhere, Parks' act of civil disobedience launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955/1956, the event which catapulted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. into fame and sparked the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Source | "Police Report, December 1, 1955," Civil Case 1147 Browder, et al v. Gayle, et. al; U.S. District Court for Middle District of Alabama, Northern (Montgomery) Division; from National Archives, "An Act of Courage, The Arrest Records of Rosa Parks,"
Creator | Montgomery, AL Police Department
Item Type | Government Document
Cite This document | Montgomery, AL Police Department, “Rosa Parks Takes a Stand Against Segregation,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 23, 2023,

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