Activist who fought to make society safer for women and to end racial segregation
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Rosa Parks is best known for refusing to sit at the back of a segregated bus thus launching the Montgomery Bus Boycott. What made Rosa turn her attention to bus segregation? They were areas where black women were often harassed, beaten, or raped. Parks had campaigned since the early 1940s to end sexual assault against women. After her 1955 arrest for refusing to give up her seat, she fought the rest of her life to achieve civil rights and end violence towards women.
McGuire, Danielle. At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. New York: Knopf Press, 2010.
For an audio-recording on Rosa Parks, see: http://www.delta.edu/socsci/history/this-moment-in-time.aspx