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58 years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus

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(Source: Library of Congress) (Source: Library of Congress)
Parks fingerprinted after an arrest. (Source: Library of Congress) Parks fingerprinted after an arrest. (Source: Library of Congress)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus.

Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by African-Americans. It also led to a 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation.

Because she sat down and refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, she was arrested for disobeying an Alabama law requiring black people to relinquish seats to white people when the bus was full.

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