The Woman Who Put an End to Segregation
By: Kyra F.
Kentucky, Age 11
On December 1,1955 a very brave African-American woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This brave act put a stop to legal segregation. Although when she did this, Rosa was arrested and fined for violating a city of ordinance. After legal segregation was put to a stop, Rosa Parks and her husband Raymond Parks joined the youth council of the NAACP. They did this to improve the lot of African-Americans in the segregated south. The boycott that Rosa made where she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger lasted for 382 days. Because of this boycott the southern Christian leadership council established an annual Rosa Park's Freedom Award in her honor. In 1957 Rosa Parks and her husband moved to Detroit where Rosa served on the staff of U.S representative, John Conyers. Sadly,the supreme court struck down the Montgomery ordinance under which Rosa Parks was fined. Rosa had run-ins with bus drivers and was evicted from buses. Parks recalls the humiliation, ''I didn't want to pay my fare and then go around the back door,because many times,even if you did that,you might not get on the bus at all. They'd probably shut the door,drive off and leave you standing there.''
Despite some tremendous gains,Rosa feels ''We still have a long way to go in improving the race relations in this country.''