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Rosa Parks being fingerprinted in February 1956 by Deputy Sheriff D.H. Lackey after being arrested for boycotting public transportation in Montgomery, Ala.

Rosa Parks being fingerprinted in February 1956 by Deputy Sheriff D.H. Lackey after being arrested for boycotting public transportation in Montgomery, Ala.

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A Heroine for Transit Rights

Rosa Parks’ civil rights activism started early

An often overlooked aspect of the story of Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon whose refusal to move from her seat for a white passenger during the segregated south in the mid-1950s and subsequent arrest helped spark the modern civil rights movement, is that Parks’ choice that day was part of a planned, intentional act of demonstration against the racist Jim Crow laws of Montgomery, Ala., her hometown at the time.