Rosa Parks is such an important figure that she is called “the first lady of civil rights” as well as “the mother of the freedom movement”. An activist since her youth, she rose to fame because of her actions and subsequent arrest for refusing to vacate seats for white passengers in Montogomery, Alabama in 1955.
Her actions helped lead to the monumental Browder v. Gayle lawsuit in 1956 which decided that bus segregation was unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Unfortunately, 65 years later, the world is still struggling with racial equality. The Black Lives Matter movement is here to stay and it's the right time to look back and write Rosa Parks essays.
Below is a curated collection of essays on Rosa Parks and what her actions meant, both in the past and in the present.