Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:18 PM
Douglas Carpenter (18,601 posts)
Rosa Parks on her 100th Birthday: “I had been pushed as far as I could stand”
On her 100th birthday, a new book argues the civil rights icon's rebellion goes beyond that one famous refusal \
By Jeanne Theoharis
(Credit: AP/Gene Herrick)
"Whites would accuse you of causing trouble when all you were doing was acting like a normal human being instead of cringing,” Rosa Parks explained. “You didn’t have to wait for a lynching.” Such were the assumptions of black deference that pervaded mid-20th century Montgomery, Ala. The bus with its visible arbitrariness and expected servility stood as one of the most visceral experiences of segregation. “You died a little each time you found yourself face to face with this kind of discrimination,” she noted.
an excellent article that goes into a lot of detail about all that lead up to the famous incident of that bus that day in Montgomery"
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