On the 1st of December in 1955, Parks' decision to not give up her rightful seat on a public bus, in Montgomery Alabama, set off a chain of events that was the catalyst in the fight for the civil rights, of African Americans.
[caption id="attachment_66364" align="aligncenter" width="659"] Dr. Martin Luther King stands with Rosa Parks at dinner given in her honor during Southern Christian Leadership Conference convention held here 8/10 in a previously segregated hotel. Mrs. Parks sparked the Montgomery bus boycott in 1956 that brought King his first national prominence in the civil rights movement.[/caption]
Parks was a role model for courage in the face of injustice. She's prepared to sacrifice her security and even her life, to fight for her basic human rights.
Below, take a listen to this rare 1956 interview where Parks describes, in detail, what happened that evening, on a bus in Alabama and how that event changed all of our lives, as Americans, forever. Happy Birthday Rosa Park, today we salute you!