ON THIS DAY: 65 years ago, Rosa Parks, a Black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus.
Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955.
Why did rosa parks refuse to give up her seat?
Parks was on her way home from work when she took a seat in the front of the black section of a city bus in Montgomery. The bus filled up, and the bus driver demanded she move so a white male passenger could have her seat.
But Parks refused to give up her seat, and police arrested her. She was convicted of disorderly conduct.
She however refused to surrender her seat because of her race, which was required by the law in Montgomery at the time — She was also standing for equality and justice.
The events triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system by blacks that was organized by a 26-year-old Baptist minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Parks died at age 92 in October 2005 in Detroit.
Today marks a moment in Alabama civil rights history.