Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. When she was a young child her parents separated and she moved with her mother to Montgomery, Alabama. Montgomery was a bad city for blacks in the 1920s and 1930s. As she grew up, Rosa was forced into second-rate all-black school like the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls. Still, with her mother's help, Rosa was able to grow up proud of herself and other black people, even while living with these rules.... People should be judged by the respect they have for themselves and others, Her Mom said. Rosa grew up believing this."
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks had a very tiring day. She was employed as a seamstress at the Montgomery Fair department store. The seat she eventually found was in the middle section of the bus, because the back was filled. A few stops further down the line, a white man got on and demanded a seat. The driver ordered Parks and three other black customers to move. The other riders did as they were told, but Parks quietly refused to give up her place. The driver threatened to call the police. Parks said: "Go ahead and call them.
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