This Day in History: 1951-12-01

Rosa ParksRosa Parks served as a youth leader for the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. She worked as a secretary to E.D. Nixon, president of the NAACP through 1957 and she was active in the civil rights movement along with her husband. On December 1, 1957, she was arrested for her refusal to give up her seat, giving the NAACP the incident it needed to move against segregation. Following her arrest, the NAACP organized a bus boycott in support racial equality.