“Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.” — Rosa Parks, American Civil Rights Activist
American civil rights activist Rosa Parks was arrested on this day in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a racially segregated public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. A working seamstress that was “tired of giving in” and eager to sit down after hard day’s work, Parks’ defiant act of civil disobedience inspired the Montgomery bus boycott and was a turning point in the civil rights movement. Parks was an active member of her local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since the age of nineteen, serving as the organization’s youth leader for more than a decade and collaborating with other leaders in the movement like Martin Luther King Jr. and Edgar Nixon. In September 1996, United States President Bill Clinton presented Parks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.