Rosa Parks: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

What would happen if no one had stood up to discrimination? If no one had the courage to fight back against the Jim Crow Laws and other unjust, racist laws? Would the United States be the same without all the bold and daring Civil Rights leaders that fought back against the Ku Klux Klan and all the other supremacist organizations? The answer is no. Reformers in the 20th century were key in the development of the United States. Among these reformers was Rosa Parks, an audacious Civil Rights activist. Rosa Parks was decisive in her actions, she knew that she was fighting for the right cause and this gave her the motivation to go to extreme limits. Mrs. Parks went to the point where she sat on a bus seat and refused to leave even after commanded to by a police officer. Mrs. Parks participated in sit-ins, marches, and many other forms of peaceful assembly to petition for government change in Alabama.
Throughout history African Americans have been discriminated, segregated, and mistreated due to racism. It wasn’t until the 1950s that African Americans finally revolted and challenged the laws of the unjust government that had been putting them down. This peaceful revolution is known as the Civil Rights Movement. The mother of the Civil Rights Movement was Rosa Parks. Her refusal obey a prejudice law ignited a flame of both anger and hope that caused the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. [“Parks, Rosa." HighBeam Research, 2011. Web.]
As a child Rosa Louise feared the looming threat of the Ku Klux Klan. Rosa Louise grew up on a small farm in Tuskegee, Alabama where the racist association, commonly known as the KKK, terrorized black neighborhoods. “All summer, members of the white hate organization, the Ku Klux Klan, rampaged through Alabama, burning black homes, churches, and businesses” (Ashby, 10). Up until her death, Mrs. Parks had memories of her neighbors screaming at night while she watched in horror as the KKK burnt down the home of an...