Rosa Parks Day is celebrated on December 1st in America. The holiday is dedicated to a brave activist girl who opposes the racist movement. In history, she is often called the mother of the liberation movement, because she began to go against the system that existed in America for a long time.
Rosa Parks was born in Alabama to a Negro family in 1913. The girl was educated at a rural school, then transferred to an institution for girls in Montgomery. However, she could not finish it – Rosa had health problems and household duties: she looked after her sick grandmother and mother. Raised by her farm.
The story began in 1955: Rose refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus. Places were divided into 2 types: for African Americans and white people. Interestingly, the girl took “her” place. The driver, observing that the white man was standing in the aisle, ordered Rosa to get up, but she did not. Subsequently, she was arrested, and the situation spread through the news feeds.
Rosa’s arrest called America’s racist laws into question. Strikes began on the streets – blacks refused to travel by transport. People walked dozens of miles, but saw no other solution. The idea spread to other states as well. The black rights movement grew progressively, with famous figures joining it. As a result, the court overturned segregation laws. In 2000, National Day was celebrated for the first time by decision of the California State Legislature.
- Rosa Parks is buried under the dome of the US Congress building – this is the first and only black girl buried in this place of honor;
- according to statistics, a black teenager is more at risk of being shot by the American police than a white one;
- Unfortunately, discrimination in one way or another has not yet been eradicated.
How to celebrate
Read the activist’s autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story. It describes the events before the situation on the bus. Join the rights movement and learn how to help the community. Share girl quotes on social networks!
When is Rosa Parks Day celebrated in 2022?
Rosa Parks Day is observed on December 1 each year.