In 1955, Rosa Parks, a seamstress living in Montgomery, Alabama, wanted to peacefully demonstrate what civil rights meant to her. She was arrested for sitting at the front of the bus, a place reserved for white people only. Dr. King came to help her because he believed that everyone should have the right to use the buses. In order to raise awareness for this problem, he organized a peaceful protest of segregated buses that lasted 382 days. The protest led to a Supreme Court decision that said segregated buses were unlawful. Because of this success, Dr. King became known as a leader of the civil rights movement.
"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others." - Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks and Dr. King inspired a boycott of buses to protest segregation in Alabama.
Rosa Parks died in 2005.
- 5.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the conflicts, innovations, and social changes in the United States, including South Carolina, from 19501980.
- 8.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of world events on South Carolina and the United States from 1929 to present.
- USHC.5 Demonstrate the impact of Americas global leadership on technological advancements, the transition to a post-industrial society, and ongoing debates over identity in the period 1945present.