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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black-womenInjustice to the black community always has been an issue of great concern for all social activists. Although there have been many groups working for the uplift of this community, most of them have been targeted by the male population. Very few issues faced by black girls and women have gained the attention of the public. They have been suffering for a long time and still are going unnoticed.

pandoraThe discrimination and harassment start at a very early age for black girls. Being separated for naturally belongs to the Black community, these girls have to face a struggle to achieve anything at all. Even in schools, whatever the reason, black girls are always targeted. They are branded as troublemakers just because of their status in society.

There is no end to the list of atrocities they have to deal with and suffer. From racial discrimination to sexual harassment, these girls have to get through each and every stage of their lives in distress. It does not end when they grow into adults. In fact, sexual violence increases as girls attain puberty. These facts are very alarming.

A few groups have emerged to fight against the injustice meted to black women. Let’s all work together to free them and give them a life they now dream about.