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Arrest Record For Rosa Parks

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Author: City of Montgomery Police Department

Date: December 1, 1955

Location: Montgomery, Ala.

Genre: Report

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.

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