Arrest Record For Rosa Parks
Author: City of Montgomery Police Department
Date: December 1, 1955
Location: Montgomery, Ala.
Topic: Montgomery Bus Boycott
On 1 December 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This single act of nonviolent resistance sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, an eleven-month struggle to desegregate the city’s buses. Under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., the boycott resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that public bus segregation is unconstitutional and catapulted both King and Parks into the national spotlight.
Source: DNA, United States National Archives and Records Service, National Archives Library, Washington, D.C.