by Dave Trott
January 16, 2020
Rosa Parks was a 42-year-old seamstress living in Montgomery Alabama.
On 1 December 1955, she waited for the bus after work, like she always did.
She got on the front and paid her fare, like she always did, then she had to get off again and got on at the back of the bus, where black people had to get on.
Blacks weren’t allowed to get on at the front, like whites, so she got on at the back and sat in the black section.
But then a white man got on, and there were no more seats in the white section.
So the driver said a black person had to get up and give the white man his seat, and all the black people in that row had to get up, as they couldn’t sit in the same row as a white person.
So four black people had to get up so a white man could sit down.
That’s when Parks decided she’d had enough.
That wasn’t fair, that wasn’t right, the other three moved but Parks didn’t.
The bus driver, James F Blake, said to her: "Why don’t you stand up?"
She said: "I don’t think I should have to."
He said: "If you don’t, I’m going to call the police."
She said: "You may do that."
The policeman arrived, she said to him: "Why do you push us around?"
He said: "I don’t know, but the law’s the law and you’re under arrest."
Parks was taken to jail, but what happened next makes it really interesting.