The Girl on the Bus: Snapshots of Rosa Parks


American activist Rosa Parks will always be revered as one of the major heroines of the Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved from the Rosa Parks Papers, these images show the daily life led by the mother of the freedom movement in all its candid beauty.

The images in the "Rosa Parks Papers", a collection by the U.S. Library of Congress, curates and safe-keeps a bulk of documentary material from Parks' private life and public activism, dating from 1866 to 2006.

It was the first day of December 1955, and cold was creeping in Montgomery, Alabama. On the bus seat where Parks sat, bus driver James F. Blake asked her to give up her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger as the "whites-only" section was filled.

Adamant to keep her rights to her seat, Parks refused and became the first person to resist bus segregation.

And it was at that point when people of color began to follow her example. As we all know, it became one of the most important and iconic symbols of the Civil Rights Movement in 1955. The U.S. Congress had called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".

Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation and collaborated with other civil rights leaders such as Edgar Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr., who was then a fresh minister in town, soon to gain national prominence.

Images are from Flashbak.

2017-07-21 #people #documentary-photography #rosa-parks #vernacular-photography


  1. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    Great article.

  2. jaunman
    jaunman ·


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