On a December evening in 1956, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white passenger. She was tired, she said, but not from working all day as a seamstress. She was tired of the segregation laws that humiliated and restricted African Americans like herself. Parks' decision was the catalyst that united a growing civil rights movement and brought national attention to African Americans' struggle for citizens' rights. This Web site profiles Parks as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. Visit this site to find out what gave Parks the courage to challenge the constitutionality of segregation and how her actions impacted the civil rights movement.
Destination Title: TIME 100: Rosa Parks
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