What Made Rosa Parks Sit in the Front of the Bus?


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In Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, the first 10 rows of a bus were reserved for white people. When these seats were full, the bus driver demanded that Rosa Parks and the other blacks sitting in the 11th row give up their seats for white passengers, but Parks refused.

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Three of the black passengers gave up their seats, but Parks argued that she was not sitting in a seat reserved for white passengers. After contacting the police department, the bus driver signed a warrant, and Parks was arrested. The police report shows that she was charged with Chapter 6, Section 11, of the Montgomery City Code, refusing to obey the orders of a bus driver. The police report and Rosa Parks's fingerprints from the incident are preserved in the National Archives.

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