From: Charles R Spinner <>
Newsgroups: soc.culture.zimbabwe,soc.culture.african.american,soc.culture.african
Subject: Rosa: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement
Date: Fri, 07 Feb 2003 23:52:05 -0800
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Rosa Parks

By Stephanie A. Crockett, 7 February 2003

BET.COM, Feb, 4— Rosa Parks has been called the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement because of her refusal to give up her seat to a White man on a city bus in 1955.

HER ACT led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott which changed the course of history for African Americans.

Many think the bus boycott was a knee-jerk reaction, but it wasn’t. Black civil rights leaders, including the Women’s Political Council, had been planning a boycott, they were just waiting for the right person to be arrested for sitting in the front of the bus.

At 42, Rosa Parks was that person. The boycott lasted 381 days, but after it was over, the Supreme Court passed a law declaring segregation illegal on public buses.

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