Sixty years ago, on December 1, 1955, a simple act of civil disobedience in the U.S. South sparked a civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama.Parks’s refusal precipitated a year-long boycott of Montgomery buses and motivated a 26-year-old Baptist minister named Martin Luther King Jr.
On the sixtieth anniversary since the incident, President Obama said “Like so many giants of her age, Rosa Parks is no longer with us. But her lifetime of activism – and her singular moment of courage – continue to inspire us today.”
Rosa Parks died in 2005 at the age of 92 after a lifetime of committing herself to the movement for civil and social justice in the United States.