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Rosa Parks

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Today is National Rosa Parks Day.

Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955, after she refused to give  her bus seat  to a white passenger.  She refused to give up her seat because she was Black, which was the law in Montgomery then.  She was jailed and paid a fine but she sparked a movement that battled against segregation in Montgomery. Eventually this movement was spearheaded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.