Black History Month: Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks: a woman whose story has been told and retold by millions around the globe. A woman whose name became synonymous with the biggest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, and for good reason.

December 1, 1955, Parks became a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement; her name forever placed beside the Movement’s greats, right next to MLK and Malcolm X. Her legend is proof that by being bold, the common person can make an impact on the world.

For the majority of the twentieth century, people of color were at constant risk of being physically harmed, just for existing in America. To stand up to a white man, much less and officer, could have very easily meant a quick demise.

Her simple refusal to stand up from a seat in a bus sparked the year-long Montgomery Bus Boycott. During that year, African Americans were urged unify as a whole to take action against the transit system that had exploited them for so long- 40,000 would join the effort to reform a broken system.

By the end of this endeavor, and under the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr., the Supreme Court would rule segregation in public transit unconstitutional.

Although this was a small step in the context of all the other ways people of color had been systematically oppressed, it was just that- a step in the direction of true equality in America; an accomplishment that should not be understated.

Junior Huy Hua remarked: “I love Rosa… Wish she was my mom. Or grandma.” Such is how many students of Serra High felt.

When asked his thoughts on Parks, junior Dylan Noullet responded by saying “I’ve never been there, but it sounds pretty nice.”

Junior Matthew Ortega was particularly impacted by her. He asserted that when he first heard Parks’ story in Kindergarten, he was “moved;” he “instantly became a new man, free of the shackles of insecurity or dependence in any form.”

Although not everyone who ever heard of her went on to become everyday-hero, Rosa Parks’ immense impact on American society today is irrefutable.