But to me, that was a way of life; we had no choice but to accept what was the custom. The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white world." (thehenryford.org) This was Rosa Parks remembering what it was like having to walk to her new school while white kids got to ride on the bus.
Her life and many deeds tell us about her strategic skills, intelligence, determination, passion and devotion that she inspired us all to find within ourselves. When she was diagnosed with progressive dementia and died the next year, all city buses in Montgomery and Detroit, reserved the front three rows with black ribbon to honor her and they were left there until Rosa was laid to her final resting place. Four days after she died she was flown back to Montgomery where she was lead out of the church by a horse drawn hearse. Later that same day her body was taken to Washington D.C. where, a bus similar to the one that helped her make her stand, took her to the capital. On November 2, 2005, her funeral was held in a church in Detroit and she was taken to the cemetery by a horse drawn hearse.
Betty Freidan was a writer, activist, and feminist. She wrote a book called The Feminine Mystique in 1963. In 1966, Friedan founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women. In 1970, Freidan stepped down as NOW's first president; Friedan organized the nation-wide Women's Strike for Equality on August 26. The march led by Friedan in New York City alone attracted over fifty-thousand women and men.
He tells the story of when he was sixteen years old and helped a white woman on the side of the road change a tire. He was almost killed doing so. The book goes on to tell his story. We find out that he was raised by his grandparents PawPaw and Big Mama. His mother was too young to raise him and so she gave him to her parents to care for.
Arlene Dunn Arlene Dunn was a white woman from Boston who first hand experienced working in the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. The event that got her started in getting involved with the civil rights movement was the Little Rock Nine movement. She was a sophomore in high school when this happened and it made her want to help. After this she started doing sit-ins at Brandeis University. After she graduated she was active with the SNCC where she did fundraisers to support organizations and campaigns.
Rosa Parks is honored today and will most likely be honored for ever. She was a civil rights activist. On the day of Rosa Parks’ funeral, black ribbons were wrapped around the front seats of all Montgomery buses. Never would a black think they would go from being “lesser known” too well known and cared for. Rosa Parks, brave and bold, stood up for not only herself but also for all the blacks.
Rosa Parks On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks entered the bus from work to head home. She sat right behind the seats that were saved for the whites, and refused to give up the seat she was sitting in. Mrs. Parks was then arrested and took to jail. This act of civil disobidience was an affective act because later segregation was considered unconsitutional.
History of the Special Olympics The Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization and it caters to children and adults with mental disabilities. Its origins can be traced to June 1962 when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started the day camp "Eunice Camp Shriver" at her home in Potomac, Maryland. The camp was intended for children solely with intellectual disabilities. Shriver claimed she started the camp because it would provide disabled children with an area to play. Piggybacking off her camp, Shriver went on to advocate and promote the idea of competitive physical activities and opportunities for intellectually disabled individuals.
I have chosen to write about Ms. Rosa Parks, the mother of the Civil Rights Movement. December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She was subsequently arrested and the Montgomery Bus Boycott was born. Ms. Parks’ trial was set for December 5, 1955. The black community organized and distributed 35,000 leaflets asking Blacks to stay off the buses that day.
Without Irene Morgan the movement would have never started; she refused to give up her seat on a bus in Glosser County Virginia. She took her case to the Supreme Court. In the first session of the freedom riders only one bus out of two made it to Birmingham, Alabama. Martin Luther King Jr. warned them that he overheard that they will have a surprise welcoming for them there, they took that into consideration but they continued their journey anyways. Sure enough, when the first bus got to Montgomery, they got their surprise welcoming from the white males there.