Rosa Parks and Adult Development

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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. During the boycott Blacks rode in carpools, while others traveled in black-operated cabs that charged the same fare as the bus, 10 cents. Most of the remainder of the 40,000 black commuters walked, some as far as 20 miles. In the end, the boycott lasted for 382 days. Dozens of public buses stood idle for months, severely damaging the bus transit company's finances. The black community persevered in their boycott, until the law requiring segregation on public buses was lifted. Rosa Parks' belief in God and her religious convictions were at the core of everything she did. It was a recurrent theme in her book, Quiet Storm she wrote, "I'd like for readers to know that I had a very spiritual background and that I believe in church and my faith and that has helped to give me the strength and courage to live as I did." When asked why she didn’t give up her seat Ms. Parks wrote, “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, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” I am a 37 year old, Black female. I choose Ms. Parks because I admired her courage and faith in God. As a believer, and a Black woman Ms. Parks’ story is a testament to the power of faith in God and how one person who is willing to take a stand can make a
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