rosa-parkRosa Parks is famous throughout the country for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Alabama in 1955. Rosa was a seamstress at the time and was a member of the largely African-American community in Montgomery, Alabama. During the time she grew up, the city was governed by segregation laws. These laws stated that blacks were allowed to attend only certain schools; they could drink from only from specified water fountains and even borrow books only from the library allotted to them.

The African Americans were getting fed up with the various laws that kept treating them as second class citizens. This was when a young leader Rev.Dr.Martin Luther King Jr was rising in popularity among the African American community. Segregation laws had become such an integral part of life that every citizen in Montgomery knew that the back seats of a Montgomery bus for the black citizen and the front seats were reserved for the white citizens. There was also a custom where the bus driver had authority to ask a black citizen to give up their seat for a white citizen.

rosa-park-storySo on that fateful day in 1955, Rosa Parks was commuting home from after a long day at work when the driver asked the people sitting in the first row “coloured” section of the bus to stand as a white citizen did not have a seat in the white section of the bus. While the other black people complied with the bus driver’s order, Rosa Parks was not willing to do so. She was tired of relinquishing her rights in every sphere of life just because she was an African-American. This resulted in police officers appearing at the stopped bus and placing Parks in custody.

This incident helped to initiate the civil rights movement in the United States. A bus boycott was held on the day of Rosa Park’s trial. Parks become the national symbol of the struggle against racial segregation that lasted for the next half-century.

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masalaWhen you are determined to gain something, nothing at all can stop you. In spite of a hundred of hurdles and obstacles, you will achieve what you desire when you set your mind honestly towards this cause. This is exactly what Malala Yousafzai has shown the world. At a young age of only 17years, this Pakistani girl won the Nobel Peace prize just because she dared to stand up and speak for her right to education.

A short look into the life of Malala

Born in Pakistan, Malala lives in a place called Mingora, which was a great spot for tourists. However, their happiness turned into a tragedy as Taliban forces took over the town. Girls were denied a right to study and go to school. Malala used to attend a school that belonged to her father. She made a public speech in 2008 September asking why the Taliban was taking away the girls ‘right to education. This provoked the Taliban and eventually they raised a threat to her life. Hoping that Taliban wouldn’t hurt her as she was a kid, she continued going to school. She also started blogging for BBC regarding her right to education.

malala-yousafzaiThough she did this with an undercover name, ultimately she was exposed. However one fatal day, she was brutally shot in the school bus. She was given expert treatment in Pakistan as well as in London. On her return, she did not give up her activities. She peacefully continued speaking for her rights. Not only did she speak for herself, but she also spoke for all the girls in Pakistan who were subject to the pressures from Taliban.

Impressed with her bravery and efforts, many awards have reached her. For Taliban, Malala is always a threat. It is surely not an easy task for a young girl like her to stand against Taliban. However, at such a young age, she has understood the value of a good education. She has also written an autobiography in which we can read the actual struggles she had to undergo, the pressure her family had to face, her dreams and aspirations.

We should be proud to know such a brave girl like Malala. Let’s hope she sees the light at the end of her long lasting struggle.

roywilkinsThe name Roy Wilkins will be familiar to most of you. His name will always be associated with great respect and admiration. He was a dynamic person who fought for civil rights. An important figure in NAACP, Wilkins has always been and is still an inspiration to many social activists. Take a look at the inspirational life Wilkins has left behind.

A life spent for society

Born in Missouri, Wilkins lost his mother at an early age of 4. He was brought up by an aunt who took care of him and his siblings too. He studied journalism and took up many jobs from editor to journalist. He also became a strong social activist who was in a fight against racism. He also worked hard for justice to labourers who were toiling away in labour camps. His reports for them have won them many rights which would have been denied if it wasn’t or Wilkins.

wilkins-roy-imageRoy was a strong advocate for the black community living in America. He advised them to take up US citizenship. He was instrumental in helping them achieve equality in Society.

Roy Wilkins was indeed a great leader who worked continuously for the benefit of the weaker groups in society. He dreamt of an equal world and did his best to achieve this. It was a shock to all his followers when he passed away in 1981 due to a kidney failure. His contribution to this world is indeed memorable.