When Rosa Parks boarded the Montgomery city bus on Dec. 1, 1955, she chose a seat about halfway to the back. Her seat was behind the first 10 seats, which were reserved for white people.
The bus started to fill up with passengers, and all seats were soon filled. At this point, a white man boarded the bus. The driver demanded that the four blacks who were sitting behind the section reserved for whites get out of their seats so that the one white man could sit. Rosa Parks was one of those passengers who was ordered to give up her seat. Although she had not gotten on the bus that day with the intention to defy the accepted rules, she quietly refused and was arrested.