A Pivotal act that changed our country

Posted on November 30, 2012

Fifty-seven years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. When local activists learned about her arrest, they organized a city-wide boycott and filed a lawsuit, kicking an emerging civil rights movement into a higher gear.

Mrs. Parks’s non-cooperation was courageous, but it wasn’t an isolated act. She had been an activist for most of her life, and was chapter secretary of the local NAACP.

She also wasn’t the first person to defy segregation laws on the city buses; earlier that year, Claudette Colvin, then fifteen, was arrested for the same offense, but local activists were reluctant to organize around her. She was young, less experienced, pregnant, and not married. Image matters.

The Montgomery bus boycott spurred similar efforts around the United States and brought global attention to the civil rights movement. It also introduced Martin Luther King, then a young minister, to national visibility.

Mrs. Parks herself became an icon of the movement–and indeed, in American history.

Twenty-five years after her arrest, Mrs. Parks’s celebrity brought her an appearance on a game show, To Tell the Truth. In the video below, you can watch celebrities question her–and two impostors–about the bus boycott. The last questioner is comedian Nipsey Russell, who uses his brief turn to shout out to other important, courageous, and now lesser-known heroes of the movement.

How many times have we all said, “One person can’t change things.”
Yes, they can and here’s the proof to back it up. I actually guessed the right person. Did you ? Women’s intuition, I guess.


About aboomersvoice

First and foremost, I'm a baby boomer and damn proud of it. The ones reading this post survived. Some didn't..We are the generation that crashed through barriers, broke through the norm and made our own rules. We paved the way for others to follow their bliss. One of the largest breakthroughs was probably equal rights and opportunities for women. Thank you Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. We burned our bras, well, most of us did. We marched against politics we didn't believe in, staged protests not knowing we could easily be silenced by a bullet, experimented with drugs, meditation and guru's. We traveled with backpacks across the country and throughout the world..We had a voice. We had a choice. We had a mission. We had freedom and we were united. I am a writer, traveler, explorer, observer and participant in life. I am part of the expansion of baby boomers who still believe in the original message of peace and love. Take this journey.with me. Who knows where it will take us next ?
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5 Responses to A Pivotal act that changed our country

  1. iamforchange says:

    Great post and subject shared in it. Thank you for posting it and sharing your thoughts on such a delicate subject and in such a positive way. Collectively as individuals with goodness in our hearts and a common goal we individually change the world at least that seems to be what nature and wisdom share. Nice post! 🙂


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  3. Clanmother says:

    Wonderful post!!!


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