On this day in Alabama history: Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery

On this day in Alabama history: Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery
Rosa Parks is shown here during a symbolic ride in the formerly whites-only section of a city bus in Montgomery on December 21, 1956, the day the U.S. Supreme Court banned segregation of the city's public transit vehicles. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Her actions resulted in a $10 fine and sparked a year-long boycott of the city’s segregated bus system by Montgomery’s black population. The arrest also prompted a legal challenge of the city’s segregation ordinances, which resulted in the 1956 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Browder v. Gayle that officially integrated the state’s bus systems. Parks continued to work for civil rights causes throughout her life and, in 1996, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton for her work.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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