The Montgomery Bus Boycott meant that over 40,000 black people refused to take the bus from December 1st 1955 to December 20th 1956. This boycott lasted a whole year and people found many new ways to get to their destination. Obviously, the authorities were not happy about this and would often arrest people for “loitering”.
YOU ARE ALL UNDER ARREST FOR LOITERING!
After the boycott, Rosa’s life became very difficult. She was fired from her job at the factory and her husband Raymond was also fired from the NAACP. This meant that they had no money coming in whatsoever. She also received many threats towards her and her husband.
IF YOU DONT LEAVE THIS TOWN, WE WILL KILL YOU!!
Rosa received many awards after her ordeal. Including the Spingarn Medal, Martin Luther King Jr. Award, Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, Detroit-Windsor International Freedom Festival Freedom Award, etc.
I present to you, you medal of honor Mrs. Parks
She helped out with tours at the NAACP museum and made many speeches speeches about the Civil Rights Movement in her later years.
I would hope that my story inspires all people across the globe.
On October 24th 2005, Rosa passed away in her apartment in Detroit, Michigan. She was suffering from progressive dementia at the time as well.
She was the first black woman to mention by the Secretary of State and had her funeral in the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.