2005 October 24

Rosa Parks, Hero of Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dies

 

Rosa Parks is famous as the Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress who refused to give up her seat to a white person on the segregated Montgomery bus system on December 1, 1955, thereby sparking the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott, which officially began on December 5, 1955. The boycott is one of the iconic events of the civil rights movement.

In fact, however, racial segregation in the Montgomery buses was ended not by the boycott, but by a civil rights law suit: see March 2, 1955 and December 17, 1956.

In 2016 the Library of Congress placed digital copies of the entire collection of the Rosa Parks Papers on its web site, making it readily available for browsing, learning, and research. The collection consists of 7,500 manuscript items and 2,500 photographs and prints. The collection is owned by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, who has loaned it to the Library of Congress for 10 years. (Howard Buffett s the son of the famous investor Warren Buffett.)

Visit the Rosa Parks collection at the Library of Congress and learn: https://www.loc.gov/collections/rosa-parks-papers/about-this-collection/

Read her story: Rosa Parks, with Jim Haskins, Rosa Parks: My Story (1992)

Read Rosa Parks’ fascinating 1956 description of the boycott: http://www.crmvet.org/disc/parks_mbb.pdf

Watch a 1983 interview with Rosa Parks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3h6s9jxZtE

Visit the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Troy University, Montgomery, AL: http://visitingmontgomery.com/play/rosa-parks-library-museum-childrens-wing

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