My name is Mrs Ashraf!
Welcome to Rosa Parks Class
Rosa Parks was an American activist during the Civil Rights Movement. She is often described as “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. Life for African Americans at the time was hard. Laws were in place to force racial segregation and this allowed discrimination against black people. Black and white people were forced by law to live separate lives. African Americans had separate churches, schools, toilets and waiting rooms. They also had fewer rights. In the face of racism, Rosa decided to make a stand for what she believed in. On 1 December 1955 Rosa sparked a change, she boarded a bus on the way home from work and took a seat. At the time, the seats at the front of the bus were reserved for white passengers. As the bus filled up, Rosa refused to give up her seat for the white passengers that boarded the bus. Rosa was arrested and fined for breaking segregation laws. Rosa refused to pay the fine, arguing that the law was wrong. Rosa’s protest sparked a much larger protest called the Bus Boycott, where African Americans refused to travel on busses. The bus companies started to struggle, and the boycott was a huge success. As a result of the boycott, the Supreme Court ruled that the segregation laws were unconstitutional. It was a huge victory for the Civil Rights Movement.
At St. James’ we believe in equality and justice for all. Year 1 are proud to honour Rosa Parks for standing up for what she believed in the face of adversity.
A picture of Rosa Parks