How is Rosa Parks Considered a National Hero

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Subject Area:Politics

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Rosa, born in February 4, 1913, had an unwavering spirit that was fostered by her mom and grandparent (Theoharis 16). Since birth, she lived in Tuskegee, Alabama with her mother until age 11, when she relocated to Montgomery. At age 16, she dropped from school to go and care for her ailing grandparent; later her mother got critically sick and as a result, she could not resume her studies. Rosa married Raymond Parks, a stylist, in 1932 at 19 years old (Parks and Haskins 56). It was until after marriage that she resumed school and acquired a diploma. Bravery comes to mind first when you think about heroism. It is impossible to make heroic achievements without the courage to confront and stand against daunting odds. Parks demonstrated her bravery trait by standing for the rights of black people in America.

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She was a courageous African American woman of undisputed integrity and honesty who became a plaintiff that put the validity of racial segregation laws to test. Although it was considerably harder to fight for her rights as a woman, she rose above every form of intimidation and resisted racial segregations. Therefore, the driver ordered the passengers (Rosa and three male African Americans) in the four seats on the front row in the black section to surrender their seat. While the three male travelers obeyed the order and relinquished their seats, Parks declined to surrender her seat to a white traveler. By making that deliberate protest, Parks was underscoring that she too, was not, a lesser individual and that she should be accorded equal privilege and respect as the whites.

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This was a very bravely act that was exercised a time when racial segregation was not just outwardly visible in the daily life, but was also entrenched in the laws of the land. Neither the white citizens nor the law enforcement officers imagine such absolute objection of the status quo would come from a woman. Evidently, it sprung from the core of an African American lady who accepted a vital role in the battle against racial isolation. Without a doubt, this was a tranquil revolt act through which she talked with a convincingness that would spread everywhere throughout the world. Today, Rosa is recognized as a heroine for this catalytic moment of fearlessness when she peacefully renounced racial segregation and fought for her convictions.

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Theoharis confirms that Rosa was well informed that her objection to the bus driver's order would bring a lot of trouble (16). However, her course was worth fighting for and neither mishandling nor arrest would stop her fight for justice and equality. However, this did not dissuade the struggle for liberty; instead, she intensified her fight against segregation. She now focused all her efforts towards raising awareness of her course all around the country and soliciting funds for the freedom movement (Copeland 34). Additionally, she gave many speeches and did radio interviews. Indeed, her writings portray that this was overwhelming and tiring. Her endeavors, alongside other activists in Montgomery, transformed a local non-violent fight into a national movement (Entin 1039). Parks' envisioned a society that upholds human dignity, irrespective of race, religion, class or national origin.

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Subsequently, by the content of her civility and character, Rosa Parks and those who share her caring vision are obstructionists of the contemporary carelessness and meanness that is propagated by racists around the world. Rosa Parks' life and dissent are without any hypocritical act. Heroine Rosa Parks was in numerous ways as critical in the awakening of the American cognizance for justice and freedom as many heroes (“Women” 23). To some extent, Parks may even be considered a more noteworthy heroine than most American heroes. , Inc. Janet Stevenson analyzes the events that unfolded with Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott. In the article, she uses a story like tone for the readers to follow along, and it revisits the history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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  Copeland, Larry. "Parks not seated alone in history. 2005, pp. This article argues that the reason there would never be a boycott if it was not Rosa Parks, a female who would not give up his seat. He explains how most of the individuals who try to defy segregation are women, and because of their gender is the reason they are being challenged.   Entin, Jonathan L. "In Honor of Fred Gray: Making Civil Rights Law from Rosa Parks to the Twenty-First Century. 4, Winter2006, pp. This article also focuses on how the civil rights movement emerged, and how Rosa Parks was one of the prominent figures. This article is also narrated through the author’s life and her emotions and experiences during the civil rights era.

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