Rosa Parks

 
 

FOOTNOTES FROM THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOLS) & ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE

1 African American woman who refused to give up her seat on a public bus in Alabama as was required by law many years ago.  She helped to bring about changes in laws and worked so that all people could have equal rights; (3.11b)

 

civil rights leader

Rosa Parks lived at a time when Americans in the South believed that people of different colors should be seperated.  On buses, there was a “black section” in the back and a “white section” in the front.  Sometimes African Americans were required to give up their seats for white people, but one day Rosa Parks refused to do this and was arrested.  Her actions led to a boycott of the buses.  Finally the laws were changed so that all people could have equal rights.1