Today marks 60 years since Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala. bus, an act for which she was arrested and later made American history.
According to Fox 31, the actions Parks took 60 years ago fueled the Civil Rights Movement of the time by igniting a year-long bus boycott. Participants in the boycott included major Civil Rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy. The boycott influenced a Supreme Court ruling stating that bus segregation in Alabama was unconstitutional
Today, Rosa Parks is celebrated for her contribution to the civil rights movement and for her iconic unspoken statement on society.
Twitter users acknowledged Parks’ efforts, causing her name to trend all day.
Rosa Parks is a perfect study in the power of nonviolence when it's partnered with the flex of economic power (and beauty of a black woman)
— Zaron3 (@Zaron3) December 1, 2015
— Salty Bungalows (@SaltyBungalows) December 1, 2015
"We plant trees not for ourselves but for future generations." Thank you Rosa Parks.???
— christina2u (@christina2u) December 1, 2015
It's been 60 years since Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in Montgomery AL. Even a window seat makes a difference. Dr. J.
— VC Student Affairs (@VCStuAffUNCC) December 1, 2015
On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand for equal rights in Montgomery, Alabama. #RosaParks
— Theresa Peña (@MajorGeek69) December 1, 2015
Powerful sight in Dexter Ave. Baptist Church, 60 years after Rosa Parks sat down on that bus. "We Shall Overcome." pic.twitter.com/u496BwTqkg
— Ian Sams (@IanSams) December 1, 2015
— Chicks'n'Politics (@ChicksnPolitics) December 1, 2015
So happy to see Rosa Parks trending. After so many years, her decision is still celebrated and revolutionary.
— Generation Why (@EndlessHerself) December 1, 2015
S/o to my girl Rosa Parks for saying no 60 years ago✊???
— Caleb Altizer (@caaltizer) December 1, 2015
And it was on this day that Rosa Parks didn't take anymore crap pic.twitter.com/db1KWrXAgD
— Tony Kennedy (@Tonfyrb26) December 1, 2015