On This Day…

December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks had initially seated herself in the black section of the bus. However, when the whites-only section became filled, the bus driver declared the section she was sitting in was now whites-only and asked her and several other blacks to move. The other blacks moved, but Parks refused prompting her arrest. Her arrest led to a year-long city bus boycott which then led to ruling that bus segregation was unconstitutional.
While some claim she wouldn’t give up her seat because she was tired, Parks said, “I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day … No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”