50+ Best Rosa Parks Quotes

As an American Activist in the civil rights movement well known her key role in the Montgomery bus boycott who was born on 04th of February1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama of United States. Her real name is rosa Louise McCauley Parks. Rosa Parks has been called as “The First Lady of Civil Rights” and “The Mother of the Freedom Movement”. Her mother’ s name is Leona who is a teacher and her father’ s name is James McCauley who is a Carpenter. After her parents separated, she moved with mother. Rosa grew up on a farm with her maternal grandparents, mother and her younger brother who’ s name is Sylvester. And she attended to rural schools until the age of eleven. Before, her mother taught her “a good deal about sewing”.

               She learned more about sewing in school from the Industrial School for Girls in Montgomery. Rosa attended to a Laboratory school set up by the Alabama State Teachers College for Negroes for her secondary education.The former Associated states has accepted new constitutions and electoral laws which was effectively excluded black voter and in Alabama with any poor white voters as well in the 20th Century. Bus and trains companies compulsory seating policies with separate sections for Black and Whites. She has fought this situation to get the peace of all. In 1960, Parks became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement but suffered hardships as a result. Due to economic sanctions used against activist, she lost her job at the department store. But Rosa Parks is a Proud Woman who was fought to get the Peace and equality in the World.

Rosa Parks Quotes About Civil Rights

  1. ” At the time I didn’t realize why there was so much Klan activity, but later I learned that it was because African-American soldiers were returning from World War II acting as if they deserved equal rights because they had served their country “

02. ” I’d see the bus pass every day. But to me, that was a way of life; we had no choice but to accept what was the custom. The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a Black world and a white world “

03. ” Integrating that bus wouldn’t mean more equality. Even when there was segregation, there was plenty of integration in the South, but it was for the benefit and convenience of the white person, not us. So it is not just the integration

04. ” During the Montgomery bus boycott, we came together and remained unified for 381 days. It has never been done again. The Montgomery boycott became the model for human rights throughout the world “

05. ” Our freedom is threatened every time one of our young people is killed by another child… every time a person gets stopped and beaten by the police because of the color of their skin “

Rosa Parks Famous Quotes

06. ” To this day I believe we are here on earth to live, grow, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom “

07. ” Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome “

08. ” 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 “

09. ” Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way “

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

11. ” People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in “

12. ” I had decided that I would not go anywhere with a piece of paper in my hand asking white folks for any favors. I had made that decision myself, as an individual “

13. ” At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in “

14. ” What I learned best at Miss White’s school 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 “

15. ” I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don’t think there is any such thing as complete happiness “

16. ” I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free … so other people would be also free “

17. ” Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground “

18. ” One thing that I hope never changes: that young people continue to seek answers to their questions “

19. ” Each person must live their life as a model for others “

20. ” Love, not fear, must be our guide “

21. ” People need to free their minds of racial prejudice and believe in equality for all and freedom regardless of race “

22. ” I’m tired of being treated like a second-class citizen “

23. ” You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. “

24. ” It is better to teach or live equality and love … than to have hatred and prejudice “

25. ” Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that “

26. ” It was just a matter of survival – like getting off the road we could exist form day to day “

27. ” I was just trying to let them know how I felt about being treated as a human being “

28. ” From the time I was a child, I tried to protest against disrespectful treatment. “

29. ” Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again “

30. ” My only concern was to get home after a hard day’s work “

31. ” I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move “

32. ” All I was doing was trying to get home from work “

33. ” Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it “

34. ” I am 83 years old, and I have come to realize that there is always more in life to learn “

35. ” Why do you all push us around? “

36. ” I think the American Dream should be to have a good life, and to live well, and to be a good citizen. I think that should apply to all of us “

37. ” We had a saying that we worked from “can” to “can’t”, which means working from when you can see (sunup) to when you can’t (sundown) “

38. ” That was a difference between black slaves and white indentured servants. Black slaves were usually not allowed to keep their names, but were given new names by their owners. “

39. ” I had given up my seat before, but this day, I was especially tired. Tired from my work as a seamstress, and tired from the ache in my heart “

40. ” As far back as I can remember I knew there was something wrong with our way of life when people could be mistreated because of the color of their skin “

41. ” Differences of race, nationality or religion should not be used to deny any human being citizenship rights or privileges “

42. ” There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take… The line between reason and madness grows thinner “

43. ” One of my greatest pleasures there was enjoying the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing and knowing that white folks were doing the preparing instead of me … I was 42 years old, and it was one of the few times in my life up to that point when I did not feel any hostility from white people “

44. ” The overseer beat him, tried to starve him, wouldn’t let him have any shoes, treated him so badly that he had a very intense, passionate hatred for white people. My grandfather was the one who instilled in my mother and her sisters, and in their children, that you don’t put up with bad treatment from anybody. It was passed down almost in our genes “

45. ” It pains me that there is still a lot of Klan activity and racism. I think when you say you’re happy, you have everything that you need and everything that you want, and nothing more to wish for. I haven’t reached that stage yet “

46. ” Life is to be lived to its fullest so that death is just another chapter. Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others “

47. ” If I have to face something, I do so no matter what. I have never had any desire to give up. I did not feel that giving up would be a way to become a free person “

48. There were times when it would have been easy to fall apart or to go in the opposite direction, but somehow, I felt that if I took one more step, someone would come along to join me

49. ” It is easy for others to say we have come a long way, but our journey is not over. We should not let fear overcome us “

50. ” 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 “

51. ” I learned to put my trust in God and to see Him as my strength. Long ago I set my mind to be a free person and not to give in to fear. I always felt that it was my right to defend myself if I could “

52. ” We must have courage — determination — to go on with the task of becoming free — not only for ourselves, but for the nation and the world — cooperate with each other. Have faith in God and ourselves “

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