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Rosa Parks Remembered, 52 Years Later

It started with a woman on a bus, trying to get home from work on a Thursday night, but what happened on December 1, 1955 shined a national spotlight on social injustice.

"We had no idea at the time, but it ushered in ten of the most profound years of US history," said Rosa Parks Library and Museum director Georgette Norman.

On Monday, December 5th, just four days after Park's arrest in Montgomery, protestors took to the streets--and not the busses--crippling local transportation for nearly thirteen months.

Such a bold move was dangerous, experts say, in a period rattled by turmoil.

"People forget that those were hard times.  Those were scary times," Norman said.

The response was well worth the risk.  As the movement gained momentum, Parks and many after her gained new freedoms and worked hard for Civil Rights.

"People did not take these tremendous risks for [others'] entitlement.  They took it for [others'] deservedness," Norman said.

52 years ago, Rosa Parks made a single act of defiance that sparked change throughout society.

It's a model many say should be duplicated.

"To get effective change, you have to be willing to take the risks," Norman explained.

With that urge for change, new discussions can arise.

"That's the piece that we've got to bring back to the floor and begin to really use the word 'human' and talk about the human rights that we all deserve," she said.

 

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke

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