Rosa Parks is credited as the mother of the civil rights movement. On December 1, 1955, the tired seamstress refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. She was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance. Her act of defiance sparked a movement that ended legal segregation in America.
With a multiracial heritage consisting of African American, Cherokee and Creek Indian, and Caucasian, Rosa never got hung up on "I am a black person." Parks was into the issues of teaching tolerance concerning skin color and religion.
"In those ways, she was very high minded in her approach to global politics. It wasn't one of race versus race or screaming at each other, it was one of tolerance."