By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On December 1, 1955, a 42-year-old African American seamstress, Rosa Parks, boarded a Montgomery city bus as she left work. She sat behind the rows reserved for whites; but when those places were occupied, a white man came in and insisted she give up her seat.READ MORE: 2022 Wawa Welcome America Festival Guide: Road Closures, Public Transportation Information
Rosa, a member of the NAACP, refused spontaneously, was arrested and convicted of violating the laws of segregation, known as the Jim Crow laws. What her action sparked was a boycott, led by a young Baptist minister, Martin Luther King, Jr., lasting 381 days.READ MORE: Daily Harvest Hit With Lawsuits From People Who Say They Had Their Gallbladders Removed After Consuming Meal Kits
The following December, the US Supreme Court ruled that segregation laws were unconstitutional and Montgomery buses were integrated.
The boycott began an era of non-violent mass protests supporting civil rights and it is an example in our history of one courageous person making a difference.MORE NEWS: Darby Man Charged With First Degree Murder In Connection To Springfield Road Rage Shooting
This December remember Rosa Parks and her resolve as we fight bullies and acts of injustice in our immediate surroundings.