People need to free their minds of racial prejudice and believe in equality for all and freedom regardless of race. I attend programs and I participate in the organization that I developed, the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development.
I was willing to get arrested it was worth the consequences.
I don't think well of people who are prejudiced against people because of race. The rest of the time young people would be available to work on the farm. Often, if your family couldn't afford it, you had no access to books, pencils, whatever. I liked to read all sorts of stories, like fairy tales Little Red Riding Hood, Mother Goose. That particular day that I decided was not the first time I had trouble with that particular driver.
At the time I was arrested I didn't know how the community would react.
I was glad that they did take the action that they did by staying off the bus.
Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955.
That was the day when an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.She gave the phone to my husband and he said he would be there shortly and would get me out of jail. Nixon, one of the leaders of the NAACP, had heard about my being arrested from a friend of mine. The people at the jail wouldn't tell him I was there. Nixon got in touch with a white lawyer named Clifford Durr. Durr called the jail, and they told him that I was there. I was glad that the type of treatment legally enforced segregation on the buses was over..come to an end. However, when I knew the boycott was over, and that we didn't have to be mistreated on the bus anymore, that was a much better feeling than I had when we were being mistreated. I recovered from the attack and went on with what I have to do. Usually, if I have to face something, I do so no matter what the consequences might be. I did not feel that giving up would be a way to become a free person. By standing up to something we still don't always affect change right away.There was a man who had come to my house who knew I had been arrested. I always encourage children to stay in school, get good grades, and to believe in themselves. Even when we are brave and have courage, change still doesn't come about for a long time. My grandmother was ill and I had to stop school to look after her.There are still people who are prejudiced because of race. The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute accepts people of any race. During this monthlong project, students learned how Mrs.Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott by not giving up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955.I did not sit at the very front of the bus; I took a seat with a man who was next to the window -- the first seat that was allowed for "colored" people to sit in.We were not disturbed until we reached the third stop after I boarded the bus. Two policemen got on the bus in a couple of minutes. But the law is the law and you are under arrest." As soon as he said that I stood up, the three of us left the bus together.The policemen had their squad car waiting, they gave me my purse and bag, and they opened the back door of the police car for me to enter.I didn't have any idea just what my actions would bring about.