On December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks, a black woman, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a packed bus, which led to her arrest for breaking the law, a yearlong boycott of the bus system resulted.
- Segregated American needed this courageous action.
- Oppressed black America needed this courageous action.
In 1956 the Supreme Court banned segregation of public transportation. This was an important decision in the fight for civil rights. And because of what followed this courageous fight of a 42-year old seamstress, the refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger, I am compelled to argue that this has the providence of God written all over it.
“More than half a century after she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama city bus, Rosa Parks has an immovable place in the U.S. Capitol — the first black woman to be honored with a statue there.” (source)