One evening in early December, 1955, I was sitting in the front seat of the colored section of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The white people were sitting in the white section. More white people got on, and they filled up all the seats in the white section. When that happened, we black people were supposed to give up our seats to the whites. But I didn't move. The white driver said, "Let me have those front seats." I didn't get up. I was tired of giving in to white people.
Rosa Parks: My Story
After Rosa Parks defied the law in Montgomery, Alabama - refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man - she was arrested, fingerprinted and convicted after a very short trial. Her actions effectively launched the modern-day civil rights movement.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - not well-known nationally before Rosa Parks was arrested - also rose to prominence as he urged Montgomery's African-American citizens to participate in a bus boycott.
The recipient of numerous honors in her life, Mrs. Parks wrote four books. They are:
A book released in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth - February 4, 1913 - explores a lesser-known side of the civil-rights icon. It is called The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.
This video clip is the trailer for the award-nominated "Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks."
"Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks"
Dulanie M. Ellis
Kevin Saunders Hayes
Big Bill Broonzy
John Lee Hooker
Running time: 40 minutes