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Top 10 Rosa Parks Quotations

top 10 quotations by Rosa Parks

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (1913–2005) was an American civil rights activist best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Dubbed 'the mother of the freedom movement', her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955, became a symbolic moment in the fight against racial segregation. This act of defiance, along with the subsequent bus boycott, were instrumental in bringing national attention to the civil rights movement and became a catalyst for nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities.

"I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free." Rosa Parks

"To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try." Rosa Parks

"I had no idea history was being made. I was just tired of giving up." Rosa Parks

"Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome." Rosa Parks

"Each person must live their life as a model for others." Rosa Parks

"I did not want to be mistreated, I did not want to be deprived of a seat that I had paid for." Rosa Parks

"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others." Rosa Parks

"Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground." Rosa Parks

"I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move." Rosa Parks

"You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right." Rosa Parks

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