Yesterday a black woman named Rosa Parks got arrested by sitting in the “black section” at the bus. Most of the white passengers at the bus were shaken.
- It’s evidently that the “black section” is a dynamic section. How many percent we get, is depending on how many whites there is on the bus, says a group of politically active black women.
- I knew someone had to take the first step, was one of Rosa Parks’ comments when we asked her to tell the story.
Thursday, December 1, Rosa Parks was on her way home after a long and hard day of ironing and stitching at the Montgomery Fair Department Store.
She stopped the right bus and went in. This bus would take her all the way home.
One seat in the so-called black section was free. “What a relief”, she thought. The bus started to ride, and it was stopping with fixed intervals. After a couple of minutes and stops, the bus was completely full and several people had to stand. Some of them were white. The bus driver didn’t notice the standing people so the bus just rolled away. After a while the bus came to a stop in front of the Empire Theatre. A new white passenger arrived, but he stopped in the aisle. The bus driver noticed that and he shouted that four of the black people near the white section had to give up their seats for the new passenger. No one stood up. All of them felt this situation very insulting. But the bus driver just repeated these insulting words.