Andrew J. Yawn Montgomery Advertiser Published 9:47 AM EST Dec 5, 2018 Leroy Pierce calls the Dec. 1, 1955, arrest of Rosa Parks “an arrest that affected more people than any arrest ever made.” “It went worldwide,” Pierce said. Pierce would know. Then a 28-year-old patrol officer with Montgomery Police Department, he was the first officer to arrive on scene when bus driver James Blake called police on a black woman who refused to change seats when asked, and he's one of two known surviving witnesses to Parks' arrest, though he was not the arresting officer. The detainment of Parks was the spark that ignited a 13-month struggle against the inequity of Montgomery's segregated bus system, and Wednesday marks the 63rd anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott, a pivotal moment of protest and prolonged sacrifice that swung the needle of change in favor of the civil rights movement. As usual on Dec. 5, Pierce can’t help but think of the day … [Read more...] about Rosa Parks arrest: First officer to arrive on scene recalls Her arrest changed the world
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Contributed Published 6:49 PM EST Nov 30, 2018 When Rosa Parks refused on the afternoon of Dec. 1, 1955, to give up her bus seat so that a white man could sit, it is unlikely that she fully realized the forces she had set into motion and the controversy that would soon swirl around her. Other black women had similarly refused to give up their seats on public buses and had even been arrested, including two young women earlier that same year in Montgomery. But this time the outcome was different. Today is the anniversary of the fateful decision that changed Montgomery, the state of Alabama, the United States and the world. Unlike those earlier incidents, Rosa Parks “courageous refusal to bow to an unfair law sparked a crucial chapter in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the Montgomery Bus Boycott." "I didn’t get on the bus with the intention of being arrested,” she often said later. “I got on the bus with the intention of going … [Read more...] about Rosa Parks’ arrest on Dec. 1, 1955 sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and changed the world
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByAlan Blinder Aug. 17, 2018 MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Rev. Robert S. Graetz was virtually alone among Montgomery’s white ministers in supporting the bus boycott that helped galvanize the civil rights movement. That’s when the bombings began. As the white pastor at an all-black Lutheran church in Alabama in the 1950s, Mr. Graetz was just 28 years old when he became a recurring target for the Ku Klux Klan. “The noise awakened us,” Rosa Parks, who was a neighbor of the Graetz family, wrote of a 1957 attack. In the brief, handwritten document, Mrs. Parks described decades later how she and her husband went quickly to the Graetz family’s home after the bombing. The area had been roped off by the police. “They said we could not enter. Rev. Graetz spoke to me and … [Read more...] about Bombed by the K.K.K. A Friend of Rosa Parks. At 90, This White Pastor Is Still Fighting.
Until this month, students taking Forest Grove High School's online U.S. history course started the lesson on the civil rights movement with a cartoon about Rosa Parks. Parks is shown with two time-traveling teenagers, a black girl and a white boy. The girl introduces Parks as one of her heroes and Parks says, "Why am I one of your heroes? I haven't done anything, dear." The girl asks the boy for a "little help" and he holds out a chair for Parks. "You're offering your seat to me?" Parks asks. "Well, yeah, you're a lady," he says. "Guys are supposed to be polite." "That gives me an idea!" Parks says. We can only assume it's an idea to fight for gender-based social customs, based on this non-history lesson. That cartoon was copyrighted 2009. The fact that it took nine years for anyone to question it is a sign of bigger problems in the ways we teach civil rights history. "There are so many things wrong with that cartoon, it's really hard to know where to begin," said Maureen Costello, … [Read more...] about Offensive Rosa Parks cartoon removed from school curriculum (Commentary)
A documentary screened as part of the first annual Rhode Island Black Film Festival yesterday sparked conversation about the reconstruction of a house in which Rosa Parks once lived that is currently located in Providence. The film, entitled “The White House” and directed by Fabia Mendoza, focuses on a personal artistic endeavor led by Fabia Mendoza’s husband Ryan Mendoza. The house featured in the film belonged to Parks’ brother and first caught the attention of Ryan Mendoza in 2016 in Detroit. After he deconstructed the house and rebuilt it in Berlin to save it from demolition, the University offered to bring the house to Providence in February 2018 to feature the life and times of Rosa Parks at the WaterFire Arts Center. But upon the house’s arrival in March, the University canceled its support by citing the house as an object of an outside dispute, The Herald previously reported. “Upon cancellation of the exhibition, we had a contractual … [Read more...] about Film discusses Rosa Parks House