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Wikipedia Summary for Rosa Parks

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has honored her as "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks rejected bus driver James F. Blake's order to vacate a row of four seats in the "colored" section in favor of a white passenger, once the "white" section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation, but the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) believed that she was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws, and she helped inspire the black community to boycott the Montgomery buses for over a year. The case became bogged down in the state courts, but the federal Montgomery bus lawsuit Browder v. Gayle resulted in a November 1956 decision that bus segregation is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Parks' act of defiance and the Montgomery bus boycott became important symbols of the movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation, and organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon and Martin Luther King Jr.. At the time, Parks was employed as a seamstress at a local department store and was secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. She had recently attended the Highlander Folk School, a Tennessee center for training activists for workers' rights and racial equality. Although widely honored in later years, she also suffered for her act; she was fired from her job, and received death threats for years afterwards. Shortly after the boycott, she moved to Detroit, where she briefly found similar work. From 1965 to 1988, she served as secretary and receptionist to John Conyers, an African-American US Representative. She was also active in the Black Power movement and the support of political prisoners in the US.

After retirement, Parks wrote her autobiography and continued to insist that there was more work to be done in the struggle for justice. Parks received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. California and Missouri commemorate Rosa Parks Day on her birthday, February 4, while Ohio and Oregon commemorate the anniversary of her arrest, December 1.

Quote: Knowing what must be done does away with fear. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of low angle photo of city high rise buildings during daytime
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Knowing what must be done does away with fear.


Quote: Each person must live their life as a model for others. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of men's white dress shirt
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Each person must live their life as a model for others.


Quote: Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing under the sun
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Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.


Quote: You must never be fearful about what you are doing what is right. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

You must never be fearful about what you are doing what is right.


Quote: God has always given me the strength to say what is right. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

God has always given me the strength to say what is right.


Quote: There is work to do; that is why I cannot stop or sit still. As long as a child needs help, as long as people are not free, there will be work to do. As long as an elderly person is attacked or in need of support, there is work to do. As long as we have bigotry and crime, we have work to do. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of Rosa Parks quote: There is work to do; that is why I cannot stop or sit still. As long as a child needs help, as long as people are not free, there will be work to do. As long as an elderly person is attacked or in need of support, there is work to do. As long as we have bigotry and crime, we have work to do.- black text on quotes background

There is work to do; that is why I cannot stop or sit still. As long as a child needs help, as long as people are not free, there will be work to do. As long as an elderly person is attacked or in need of support, there is work to do. As long as we have bigotry and crime, we have work to do.


Quote: To this day I believe we are here on earth to live, grow, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

To this day I believe we are here on earth to live, grow, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.


Quote: I will always work for human rights for all people. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I will always work for human rights for all people.


Quote: One of my greatest pleasures there was enjoying the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing and knowing that white folks were doing the preparing instead of me. I was 42 years old, and it was one of the few times in my life up to that point when I did not feel any hostility from white people. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of Rosa Parks quote: One of my greatest pleasures there was enjoying the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing and knowing that white folks were doing the preparing instead of me. I was 42 years old, and it was one of the few times in my life up to that point when I did not feel any hostility from white people.- black text on quotes background

One of my greatest pleasures there was enjoying the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing and knowing that white folks were doing the preparing instead of me. I was 42 years old, and it was one of the few times in my life up to that point when I did not feel any hostility from white people.


Quote: I talked and talked of everything I know about the white man's inhuman treatment of the Negro. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I talked and talked of everything I know about the white man's inhuman treatment of the Negro.




Quote: We had a saying that we worked from can to can't, which means working from when you can see (sunup) to when you can't (sundown). by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

We had a saying that we worked from can to can't, which means working from when you can see (sunup) to when you can't (sundown).


Quote: I had decided that I would not go anywhere with a piece of paper in my hand asking white folks for any favors. I had made that decision myself, as an individual. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I had decided that I would not go anywhere with a piece of paper in my hand asking white folks for any favors. I had made that decision myself, as an individual.


Quote: It was just a matter of survivalーlike getting off the roadーso we could exist form day to day. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

It was just a matter of survivalーlike getting off the roadーso we could exist form day to day.


Quote: What I learned best at Miss White's school was that I was a person with dignity and self-respect, and I should not set my sights lower than anybody else just because I was black. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

What I learned best at Miss White's school was that I was a person with dignity and self-respect, and I should not set my sights lower than anybody else just because I was black.


Quote: People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.


Quote: Many whites, even white Southerners told me that even though it may have seemed like the blacks were being freed (by my actions) they felt more free and at ease themselves. They thought that my action didn't just free blacks but them, too. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Many whites, even white Southerners told me that even though it may have seemed like the blacks were being freed (by my actions) they felt more free and at ease themselves. They thought that my action didn't just free blacks but them, too.


Quote: I knew someone had to take the first step. So I made up my mind not to move. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I knew someone had to take the first step. So I made up my mind not to move.


Quote: You cannot always control the powers-that-be. You just have to have faith and stand by the things you believe in. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

You cannot always control the powers-that-be. You just have to have faith and stand by the things you believe in.


Quote: I am leaving this legacy to all of you...to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die -- the dream of freedom and peace. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I am leaving this legacy to all of you...to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die -- the dream of freedom and peace.




Quote: When I see the leadership roles black women are taking today I am very encouraged. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

When I see the leadership roles black women are taking today I am very encouraged.


Quote: We didn't have any civil rights. It was just a matter of survival, of existing from one day to the next. I remember going to sleep as a girl hearing the Klan ride at night and hearing a lynching and being afraid the house would burn down. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

We didn't have any civil rights. It was just a matter of survival, of existing from one day to the next. I remember going to sleep as a girl hearing the Klan ride at night and hearing a lynching and being afraid the house would burn down.






Quote: As long as there is unemployment, war, crime and all things that go to the infliction of man's inhumanity to man, regardless -- there is much to be done, and people need to work together. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

As long as there is unemployment, war, crime and all things that go to the infliction of man's inhumanity to man, regardless -- there is much to be done, and people need to work together.


Quote: My resisting being mistreated on the bus did not begin with that particular arrest…I did a lot of walking in Montgomery. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

My resisting being mistreated on the bus did not begin with that particular arrest…I did a lot of walking in Montgomery.


Quote: Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground.




Quote: I was determined to achieve the total freedom that our history lessons. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I was determined to achieve the total freedom that our history lessons.


Quote: I had been pushed as far as I could stand to be pushed. I had decided that I would have to know once and for all what rights I had as a human being and a citizen. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I had been pushed as far as I could stand to be pushed. I had decided that I would have to know once and for all what rights I had as a human being and a citizen.


Quote: I was ready to die but give my consent never. Never, never. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I was ready to die but give my consent never. Never, never.


Quote: As long as people use tactics to oppress or restrict other people from being free, there is work to be done. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

As long as people use tactics to oppress or restrict other people from being free, there is work to be done.


Quote: I did not get on the bus to get arrested I got on the bus to go home. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I did not get on the bus to get arrested I got on the bus to go home.


Quote: Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it.


Quote: I had given up my seat before, but this day, I was especially tired. Tired from my work as a seamstress, and tired from the ache in my heart. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I had given up my seat before, but this day, I was especially tired. Tired from my work as a seamstress, and tired from the ache in my heart.


Quote: I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day.


Quote: Since I have always been a strong believer in God, I knew that He was with me, and only He could get me through that next step. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Since I have always been a strong believer in God, I knew that He was with me, and only He could get me through that next step.


Quote: When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night.


Quote: People need to free their minds of racial prejudice and believe in equality for all and freedom regardless of race. It would be a good thing if all people were treated equally and justly and not be discriminated against because of race or religion or anything that makes them different from others. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of Rosa Parks quote: People need to free their minds of racial prejudice and believe in equality for all and freedom regardless of race. It would be a good thing if all people were treated equally and justly and not be discriminated against because of race or religion or anything that makes them different from others.- black text on quotes background

People need to free their minds of racial prejudice and believe in equality for all and freedom regardless of race. It would be a good thing if all people were treated equally and justly and not be discriminated against because of race or religion or anything that makes them different from others.


Quote: What really matters is not whether we have problems, but how we go through them. We must keep going on to make it through whatever we are facing. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

What really matters is not whether we have problems, but how we go through them. We must keep going on to make it through whatever we are facing.


Quote: Racial pride and self-dignity were emphasized in my family and community. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Racial pride and self-dignity were emphasized in my family and community.


Quote: All I was trying to do was get home from work. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

All I was trying to do was get home from work.


Quote: Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that.


Quote: If I can sit down for freedom, you can stand up for children. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

If I can sit down for freedom, you can stand up for children.


Quote: I thought about Emmett Till, and I could not go back. My legs and feet were not hurting, that is a stereotype. I paid the same fare as others, and I felt violated. I was not going back. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I thought about Emmett Till, and I could not go back. My legs and feet were not hurting, that is a stereotype. I paid the same fare as others, and I felt violated. I was not going back.


Quote: I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.


Quote: Nothing in the Golden Rule says that others will treat us as we have treated them. It only says that we must treat others in a way that we would want to be treated. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Nothing in the Golden Rule says that others will treat us as we have treated them. It only says that we must treat others in a way that we would want to be treated.


Quote: Victory or defeat? It is the slogan of all-powerful militarism in every belligerent nation. And yet, what can victory bring to the proletariat? by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Victory or defeat? It is the slogan of all-powerful militarism in every belligerent nation. And yet, what can victory bring to the proletariat?


Quote: If you want to be respected for your actions, then your behavior must be above reproach. If our lives demonstrate that we are peaceful, humble, and trusted, this is recognized by others. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

If you want to be respected for your actions, then your behavior must be above reproach. If our lives demonstrate that we are peaceful, humble, and trusted, this is recognized by others.


Quote: It takes more than one person to bring about peace -- it takes all of us. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

It takes more than one person to bring about peace -- it takes all of us.


Quote: I see the energy of young people as a real force for positive change. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I see the energy of young people as a real force for positive change.


Quote: It is better to protest than to accept injustice. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

It is better to protest than to accept injustice.


Quote: I thought of Emmett Till, and when the bus driver ordered me to move to the back, I just couldn't move. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I thought of Emmett Till, and when the bus driver ordered me to move to the back, I just couldn't move.


Quote: I will no longer act on the outside in a way that contradicts the truth that I hold deeply inside. I will no longer act as if I were less than the whole person I know myself inwardly to be. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I will no longer act on the outside in a way that contradicts the truth that I hold deeply inside. I will no longer act as if I were less than the whole person I know myself inwardly to be.


Quote: I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.


Quote: Without a vision the people perish, but without courage dreams die. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Without a vision the people perish, but without courage dreams die.


Quote: The only tired I was, was tired of giving in. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.


Quote: To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.


Quote: There is no future without education. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

There is no future without education.


Quote: I believe there is only one race -- the human race. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I believe there is only one race -- the human race.


Quote: One person can change the world. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

One person can change the world.


Quote: I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.


Quote: I want to be treated like a human being. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I want to be treated like a human being.




Quote: I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.


Quote: No. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

No.


Quote: I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.


Quote: People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically … No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically … No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.


Quote: You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.


Quote: My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work.




Quote: Whites would accuse you of causing trouble when all you were doing was acting like a normal human being instead of cringing. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Whites would accuse you of causing trouble when all you were doing was acting like a normal human being instead of cringing.


Quote: Why do you all push us around? by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Why do you all push us around?


Quote: I have been refused entrance on the buses because I would not pay my fare at the front and go around to the rear door to enter. That was the custom if the bus was crowded up to the point where the white passengers would start occupying. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I have been refused entrance on the buses because I would not pay my fare at the front and go around to the rear door to enter. That was the custom if the bus was crowded up to the point where the white passengers would start occupying.




Quote: It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn't feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn't feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working.


Quote: The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute accepts people of any race. We don't discriminate against anyone. We teach people to reach their highest potential. I set examples by the way I lead my life. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute accepts people of any race. We don't discriminate against anyone. We teach people to reach their highest potential. I set examples by the way I lead my life.


Quote: I don't think well of people who are prejudiced against people because of race. The only way for prejudiced people to change is for them to decide for themselves that all human beings should be treated fairly. We can't force them to think that way. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I don't think well of people who are prejudiced against people because of race. The only way for prejudiced people to change is for them to decide for themselves that all human beings should be treated fairly. We can't force them to think that way.


Quote: Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.


Quote: All I was doing was trying to get home from work. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

All I was doing was trying to get home from work.


Quote: There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take... The line between reason and madness grows thinner. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take... The line between reason and madness grows thinner.


Quote: I had felt for a long time that, if I was ever told to get up so a white person could sit, that I would refuse to do so. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I had felt for a long time that, if I was ever told to get up so a white person could sit, that I would refuse to do so.


Quote: Time begins the healing process of wounds cut deeply by oppression. We soothe ourselves with the salve of attempted indifference, accepting the false pattern set up by the horrible restriction of Jim Crow laws. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Time begins the healing process of wounds cut deeply by oppression. We soothe ourselves with the salve of attempted indifference, accepting the false pattern set up by the horrible restriction of Jim Crow laws.


Quote: At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.


Quote: I have never been what you would call just an integrationist. I know I've been called that... Integrating that bus wouldn't mean more equality. Even when there was segregation, there was plenty of integration in the South, but it was for the benefit and convenience of the white person, not us. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of Rosa Parks quote: I have never been what you would call just an integrationist. I know I've been called that... Integrating that bus wouldn't mean more equality. Even when there was segregation, there was plenty of integration in the South, but it was for the benefit and convenience of the white person, not us.- black text on quotes background

I have never been what you would call just an integrationist. I know I've been called that... Integrating that bus wouldn't mean more equality. Even when there was segregation, there was plenty of integration in the South, but it was for the benefit and convenience of the white person, not us.




Quote: I'm tired of being treated like a second-class citizen. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I'm tired of being treated like a second-class citizen.


Quote: Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.


Quote: Let us look at Jim Crow for the criminal he is and what he has done to one life multiplied millions of times over these United States and the world. He walks us on a tightrope from birth. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Let us look at Jim Crow for the criminal he is and what he has done to one life multiplied millions of times over these United States and the world. He walks us on a tightrope from birth.


Quote: I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.


Quote: As far back as I can remember, I knew there was something wrong with our way of life when people could be mistreated because of the color of their skin. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

As far back as I can remember, I knew there was something wrong with our way of life when people could be mistreated because of the color of their skin.


Quote: People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically... No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically... No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.


Quote: I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free.


Quote: Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome. by author Rosa Parks overlaid on photo of photo of author Rosa Parks with quote

Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.


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