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Today in History: Rosa Parks Arrested
Posted by Randy | December 01, 2010

“I did not get on the bus to get arrested; I got on the bus to go home.”  - Rosa Parks

55 years ago today, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger, which was required by a Montgomery, Alabama law. Her actions sparked a yearlong bus boycott in the segregated city and set the course for a civil rights movement that changed the course of our nation’s history. Her courage ultimately helped the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination in public accommodations and helped set a precedent for our nation.

When Rosa Parks died in 2005, her body lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Over 50,000 people viewed the casket. She is the only nongovernmental American to receive this honor.

You can read more about this pivotal moment in our nation's history here: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec01.html

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