It’s Rosa Parks Day! (December 1)

Vicki’s note – even if you are not related to a famous figure in a major historical event, you can still research the events that your ancestors may have been part of, to get a better understanding about what their world was like.

Quotes from Rosa Parks Rosa Parks 

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.”

“I did not get on the bus to get arrested; I got on the bus to go home. ”

“I chose not to move, because I was right. “

“Racism is still alive and will stay with us as long as we allow it.”

“[I wanted to be] free like everybody else. I did not want to be continually humiliated over something I had no control over. The color of my skin.”

Articles from National WWII Museum, and others on Facebook. 12-1-2016:

Sometimes the best way to stand up for something is to sit down.

On this day in 1955, Parks’ refused to give up her seat to a White man on a segregated Montgomery, Alabama bus. Her defiance and subsequent jailing sparked the peaceful, 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott that lead to the desegregation of our nation’s public transportation system.

It’s #RosaParksDay!


#WWII helped set the stage for the #CivilRightsMovement.

For most African Americans, even the most basic rights and services were fragmented or denied altogether. To be black was to know the limits of freedom—excluded from the very opportunity, equality, and justice on which the country was founded.

Yet, once World War II began, thousands of African Americans rushed to enlist, intent on serving the nation that treated them as second-class citizens. This is their story.


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