Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rosa Parks Arrest Site

Here I'm standing at a marker at the spot at which Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus to a white person. In Mongomery the bus policy was especially awful. Blacks were required to enter at the front of the bus, pay, then leave the bus and re-enter through the back door and sit in the back. They had to get out and enter again through the back door even if carrying children in the pouring rain. Many Montgomery bus drivers were habitually rude to blacks. As a bus rider who has long experienced the great difference kind or rude treatment by a bus driver makes, I empahize with the difficulty of having to deal with habitually rude drivers. Rosa Parks had a history of difficulty with the driver who ordered her arrested and said that she would have waited for another bus that night if she had known he would be driving the bus she got on. The Rosa Parks Museuum shows a strong multimedia presentation of the arrest which set of the bus boycott.

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