Tuesday marks 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’s arrest

Rosa Parks
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 shows a photograph of Rosa Parks circa the 1950's and a paper written by Parks about segregation are some of the items in the Rosa Parks archive, seen during a media preview at the Library of Congress, Madison Building in Washington. The family of civil rights activist Rosa Parks is thankful her memorabilia and personal items finally have a safe home. The items are on loan to the Library of Congress. They were purchased last year by a charitable foundation run by Howard Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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.

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