On an ordinary day in 1955, the actions and courage of a woman on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama became an extraordinary moment that disrupted a nation and sparked a civil rights movement that helped change the future of the United States of America.
Traveling home from work that day on a city bus, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white man. She was arrested. On the day she was convicted of violating the US segregation laws, a community organized bus boycott began. It lasted more than a year and ended only when the US Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation was unconstitutional! Hear, Hear!
After facing continued harassment and threats, Parks and her family moved to Detroit where she worked as an administrative aid to Congressman Conyers Jr until she retired in 1988. Between 1977 and 1979, her husband, brother and mother all died of cancer. Fuck Cancer! But let's not digress...
During her retirement she co-founded the Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development to serve Detroit’s youth. She traveled to lend her support to civil-rights events and wrote an autobiography, “Rosa Parks: My Story”.
In 1999, Rosa Parks was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honour the United States bestows on a civilian. By refusing giving up her seat, Rosa Parks became a nationally recognized symbol of dignity and strength in the struggle to end racial segregation.
Happy birthday Rosa Parks. Thank you for showing up and giving the world the most courageous and ViVaCious version of yourself!