Rosa Parks

Hey lovely people,

Okay. So I have decided to combine my book blog into making it also a history and feminist blog. Books, history and feminism are all very important to me and I’m passionate about it all so I would love it if you’d all stick with me here. πŸ™‚

So today I just want to talk about Rosa Parks. She’s inspiring to me in many ways.

The woman was a pioneer in activism. I love how she finally felt ‘enough is enough. I am tired, I will not stand up on this bus to give my seat up to someone white.’ 

This action here really kicked started protests against segregated seating. How amazing is that? The Montgomery Bus Boycott saw that African Americans protested segregation by refusing to ride local buses. It also launched a nationwide movement to end segregation in public places. Rosa was put in prison and foubd guilty of disorderly conduct, but she appealed this and challenged the legality of segregation as a whole. This bus boycott lasted 381 days, until the US Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional and the buses were then intergrated.

Rosa continued her commitment to activism, constantly challenging violence and oppression on all the scales. She wrote essays describing a time when she was almost raped by a white man:

“I would never yield to this white man’s beastiality. I was ready to die, but never..if he wanted to..rape a dead body, he was welcome, but he would have to kill me first.”

Rosa Parks earned a voting certificate in 1945, after trying to register three times.

She will always be remembered for not only giving up her seat on a bus to a white fella, but also for so many years being such a pioneer to lead the fight against racist hate and oppression.

Quotes:

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”

“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free…so other people would be also free.”

And that concludes my first post. I hope you enjoyed it and found it illuminating πŸ™‚
Have a lovely day and rock on!

Brooklyn πŸ™‚

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