Past in Perspective

In the evening of the first of December of 1955, Ms Rosa Park of Alabama was found to be breaking the law of the state. She decided against relinquishing her seat to a white passenger. Racial segregation and subjugation was common in America of that time. Under the law, Black citizens were required to leave bus seats for their white counterparts. Segregation was common in the social sphere. Rosa Park was thrown behind the bar as a result of this disobedience. Her arrest sparked a wave of protests which fed into the Civil Rights Movement. The Supreme Court had to consequently abolish the segregation in public transport. It is common for incidents like these to trigger social change. Usually inequality and discrimination have accumulated to an extent that it only takes on instance to unleash a storm of social forces.

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Park

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