Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Before Rosa Parks...

Do you know the story of Rosa Parks? The woman who, in December of 1955, refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama?

Most people know it...

But did you know that 11 years earlier in Gloucester, Virginia, Irene Morgan set her foot down against such unfair treatment too? She also refused to give up her seat, was arrested, and fined. See more in this Washington Post article.

In June of 1954, Sarah Mae Flemming of Columbia, South Carolina, refused to stand on her bus as directed by the driver.

Did you know that in early March of 1955 a young woman named Claudette Clovin found herself refusing to give up the seat she paid for on a bus in Alabama?

In October of 1955, Mary Louise Smith failed to obey transportation segregation laws while riding on the Montgomery Transportation System.

So many strong women standing up for what they believed in. They should be an inspiration for all of us. What will you stand up for?

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