62nd Anniversary of Rosa Park’s Arrest and Montgomery Bus Boycott

The Montgomery Bus Boycott began 62 years ago in 1955, after Rosa Parks refused to give her seat on the bus to a white man. Parks continued her political activism through the rest of her life.

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This an undated photo shows Rosa Parks riding on the Montgomery Area Transit System bus. Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus on Dec. 1, 1955, and ignited the boycott that led to a federal court ruling against segregation in public transportation. In 1955, Montgomery's racially segregated buses carried 30,000 to 40,000 blacks each day. (AP Photo/Daily Advertiser)
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This an undated photo shows Rosa Parks riding on the Montgomery Area Transit System bus. Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus on Dec. 1, 1955, igniting the boycott that led to a federal court ruling against segregation in public transportation. In 1955, Montgomery's racially segregated buses carried 30,000 to 40,000 blacks each day.
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Rosa Parks arrives at circuit court to be arraigned in the racial bus boycott, Feb. 24, 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama. The boycott started last Dec. 5, when Mrs. Parks was fined for refusing to move to the black section of a city bus.
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Rosa Parks, center, is honored on Dec. 5, 1975 at ceremonies commemorating the civil rights crusade in Montgomery. Beside her are Mrs. Jonnie Carr, president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, and U.S. Rep. Walter Fauntroy of Washington, D.C.
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Rosa Parks smiles during a ceremony where she received the Congressional Medal of Freedom in Detroit, Michigan, Nov. 28, 1999.
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Rosa Parks, right, is kissed by Coretta Scott King, as she received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Non-violent Peace Prize in Atlanta, Jan. 14, 1980. Parks is the first woman to win the award.
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Rosa Parks is fingerprinted by police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Alabama, Feb. 22, 1956 after she, and 100 others, were charged with violating segregation laws.
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Civil Rights worker Rosa Parks, left and Dr. Martin Luther King, second from left, present the Rosa Parks Outstanding Freedom Award to Reverend James Bevel and his wife Diane Bevel in a ceremony at the annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, Aug. 13, 1965.
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Rosa Parks speaks at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 15, 1969.
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