MONTGOMERY, Ala. (NEWS10) – Sixty years ago, a 42-year-old woman in Alabama took a stand by keeping her seat on a city bus.
Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955 when she refused to give up her seat for a white man. Less than a week later, a young, little-known pastor named Martin Luther King, Jr. led a citywide bus boycott.
The chain of events set off what became the Civil Rights Movement and led to a historic Supreme Court ruling banning segregation.
Parks died in October 2005 only weeks before the 50th anniversary of her arrest.