Rosa Parks interview

Rosa Parks interview
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  • It is an honor to meet you, Rosa Parks. First question, how do you feel about the way black Americans used to be treated?
  • I have always felt bad for our people not to be treated fairly. We should have been free and given the same opportunities as others.
  • In the South, at that time, segregation was legally enforced. There were places we couldn't go and rights we did not have.
  • Whites only
  • This was not acceptable to me. A lot of people didn't disobey the rules in fear of getting trouble,
  • Blacks only
  • but I was willing to get arrested - it was worth the consequences.
  • Of course, you can't force thoughts into people's minds. The only way for prejudiced people to change is for them to decide themselves.
  • Were you allowed to read when you were little?
  • I was born fifty years after slavery and was allowed to read. My mother, as a teacher, taught me when I was very young.
  • The first school I attended was from first to sixth grade, with one teacher for all of us.
  • We were all different ages, fifty to sixty of us crammed in one room.
  • I always encourage children to stay in school, get good grades, and believe in themselves.
  • There is still as much racism among some people. It still exists, but it isn't legally enforced anymore. The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute excepts all.
  • Do you think the relationships between different races are where they should be today?
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