1 December

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Rosa Parks rode the bus

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How does a woman become famous for riding a bus? When her name is Rosa Parks. On 1st December 1955, Parks, an African–American activist, was sitting in the “coloured” section of a bus in segregated Montgomery, Alabama.

White people boarded, so the driver moved the "coloured" sign down the bus, forcing folk with darker skin to stand. When he insisted that Rosa give up her seat to people of the shade Alabama law preferred, Rosa refused, was arrested, and became the mother of the civil rights movement.

An everyday hero and an extraordinary woman, Rosa died aged 91, penniless and facing eviction. Remember her today with a Rosarita Margarita.

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