The Legacy Of Rosa Parks Essay

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Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on February 4, 1913. She was highly religious and belonged to the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Parks’s father, James McCauley was a carpenter and stonemason, and her mother, Leona Edwards was a schoolteacher. Parks’s mother taught her to stand up for what she believed in and to defend her rights. I thought it was interesting how childhood events influenced her to defend her seat on the bus. Parks saw Booker T. Washington as a role model and wanted to help African-Americans excel in America. She was also inspired by her grandfather, who would defy the Jim Crow laws. He would introduce himself with his last name, instead of his first name like the Jim Crow laws stated and he would also refuse to address white men as Mister. As a child, Parks had seen the horrors of the Ku Klux Klan, but that only made her want to create civil disobedience stronger. She would sleep in the living room, ready to defend her family if the KKK attacked. Parks was surrounded by people who were defiant and that impacted her adult life.
I’ve learned a lot about Parks’s adolescence and how certain events led her to become a success African-American rights activist. The Jim Crow laws really started being enforced in Montgomery when African-Americans could no longer sit in the bus and instead had to sit on top with the luggage. This outraged Parks. This event led her to learn about the bus boycott of 1900, which inspired her later on when she defended her…

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