on the first of December in 1955 didn't go to the back of the bus. Instead she sat in the first row of the "colored" section. When the white section filled up, blacks were supposed to move farther back to allow the whites to sit. She was tired and didn't get up to give her seat to a white man. That act began the Montgomery (Alabama) bus boycott that lasted 371 days. She lost her job.
Rosa Parks died today at the age of 92. The Detroit Free Press has a short memoir. She was a great American who deserves your respect and a little of your time.