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    I have been refused entrance on the buses because I would not pay my fare at the front and go around to the rear door to enter. That was the custom if the bus was crowded up to the point where the white passengers would start occupying.
    — Rosa Parks
    All I was doing was trying to get home from work.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: work 
     
    You spend your whole lifetime in your occupation, actually making life clever, easy and convenient for white people. But when you have to get transportation home, you are denied an equal accommodation. Our existence was for the white man's comfort and well-being; we had to accept being deprived of just being human.
    — Rosa Parks
    I was born 50 years after slavery, in 1913. I was allowed to read. My mother, who was a teacher, taught me when I was a very young child. The first school I attended was a small building that went from first to sixth grade. There was one teacher for all of the students. There could be anywhere from 50 to 60 students of all different ages.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: children  young  age  slavery  child  school  read  mother  year 
     
    God has always given me the strength to say what is right.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: right  god  strength 
     
    Whites would accuse you of causing trouble when all you were doing was acting like a normal human being instead of cringing.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: human 
     
    I don't think well of people who are prejudiced against people because of race. The only way for prejudiced people to change is for them to decide for themselves that all human beings should be treated fairly. We can't force them to think that way.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: people  human  race 
     
    In it not easy to remain rational and normal mentally in such a setting where, even in our airport in Montgomery, there is a white waiting room... There are restroom facilities for white ladies and colored women, white men and colored men. We stand outside after being served at the same ticket counter instead of sitting on the inside.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: men  women 
     
    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.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: people  wrong 
     
    There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take... The line between reason and madness grows thinner.
    — Rosa Parks
    I had felt for a long time that, if I was ever told to get up so a white person could sit, that I would refuse to do so.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: time  people 
     
    I have never been what you would call just an integrationist. I know I've been called that... 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.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: people  equality 
     
    Time begins the healing process of wounds cut deeply by oppression. We soothe ourselves with the salve of attempted indifference, accepting the false pattern set up by the horrible restriction of Jim Crow laws.
    — Rosa Parks
    Let us look at Jim Crow for the criminal he is and what he has done to one life multiplied millions of times over these United States and the world. He walks us on a tightrope from birth.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: time  world  birth  criminal 
     
    The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute accepts people of any race. We don't discriminate against anyone. We teach people to reach their highest potential. I set examples by the way I lead my life.
    — Rosa Parks
    I talked and talked of everything I know about the white man's inhuman treatment of the Negro.
    — Rosa Parks
    If I can sit down for freedom, you can stand up for children.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: children  freedom  child 
     
    I want to be treated like a human being.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: human 
     
    When people made up their minds that they wanted to be free and took action, then there was a change.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: people  action  mind 
     
    I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.
    — Rosa Parks
    When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night.
    — Rosa Parks
    I thought of Emmett Till, and when the bus driver ordered me to move to the back, I just couldn't move.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: thoughts 
     
    I thought about Emmett Till, and I could not go back. My legs and feet were not hurting, that is a stereotype. I paid the same fare as others, and I felt violated. I was not going back.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: thoughts 
     
    I will no longer act on the outside in a way that contradicts the truth that I hold deeply inside. I will no longer act as if I were less than the whole person I know myself inwardly to be.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: truth  people 
     
    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.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: hurt 
     
    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.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: children  child  racism 
     
    I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: people 
     
    One person can change the world.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: people  world 
     
    There is work to do; that is why I cannot stop or sit still. As long as a child needs help, as long as people are not free, there will be work to do. As long as an elderly person is attacked or in need of support, there is work to do. As long as we have bigotry and crime, we have work to do.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: children  crimes  people  work  help  child 
     
    Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground.
    — Rosa Parks
    My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: work 
     
    I believe there is only one race - the human race.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: believe  human  race 
     
    Many whites, even white Southerners told me that even though it may have seemed like the blacks were being freed (by my actions) they felt more free and at ease themselves. They thought that my action didn't just free blacks but them, too.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: thoughts  action  black 
     
    I am leaving this legacy to all of you...to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die - the dream of freedom and peace.
    — Rosa Parks
    Nothing in the Golden Rule says that others will treat us as we have treated them. It only says that we must treat others in a way that we would want to be treated.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: rules 
     
    To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: afraid  fail 
     
    you must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: right 
     
    As long as there is unemployment, war, crime and all things that go to the infliction of man's inhumanity to man, regardless - there is much to be done, and people need to work together.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: crimes  men  people  work  war 
     
    I will always work for human rights for all people.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: people  work  human  right 
     
    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.
    — Rosa Parks
    tags: time  people  ideas 
     
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    rosa parks
    Birth    : February 4, 1913
    Death  : October 24, 2005
    Occupation  : Activist

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