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Fear goes once your mind is made up

Known as the Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African American whose simple act of refusing to give up a bus seat to a white man led to a major civil rights movement in the US. Read on to know more about this lady...

education Updated: Jun 24, 2009 12:34 IST
Rosa Parks

Known as the Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African American whose simple act of refusing to give up a bus seat to a white man led to a major civil rights movement in the US. She later organised and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr., and helped him become a national hero. She was an activist who helped wipe out racism to a large extent in that country.

Making up your mind
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

Freedom counts
I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.

Craving freedom
I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... and other people would be also free.

Making history
It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made and demand and I just didn't feel like obeying his demand . . . I was quite tired after spending a full day working.

A model for other
Each person must live their life as a model for others

Dignity counts
It was that I was a person with dignity and self-respect, and I should not set my sights lower than anybody else just because I was black.

Survive, no matter what
It was just a matter of survival...of existing from one day to the next. I remember going to sleep as a girl and hearing the Ku Klux Klan ride at night and hearing a lynching and being afraid the house would burn down