Rosa Parks’ fight against racism in the USA

This video is called about Rosa Parks, 1913-2005.

Review by Phil Shannon in Australia:

The people who ended ‘Jim Crow

6 September 2008

The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott & the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow
By Donnie Williams with Wayne Greenshaw
Lawrence Hill Books, 2007
293 pages, $23.95 (pb)

On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks — as she had done many times before — caught the bus home after another long day at work sewing.

As had also happened many times before, she was asked by an abusive bus driver to move when a white passenger boarded. She had always obeyed before but this time she refused.

It was not pre-meditated but she had had enough: “I felt all the meanness of every white driver I’d seen who’d been ugly to me and other black people through the years I’d known on the buses in Montgomery.”

Her arrest, for she had broken a municipal segregation law, began a 382-day Black boycott of the Montgomery buses and launched the Black civil rights struggle in the US South. In The Thunder of Angels, the Montgomery bus boycott is retold by Williams and Greenshaw largely in the words of the people who lived through this momentous struggle.

See also here.

Happy Birthday Rosa Parks! A document deep dive takes a look at the arrest records from her act of civil disobedience: here.

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