At the time I was arrested I didn't know how the community would react.
I was glad that they did take the action that they did by staying off the bus.
The only way for prejudiced people to change is for them to decide for themselves that all human beings should be treated fairly. The first school I attended was a small building that went from first to sixth grade. There could be anywhere from 50 to 60 students of all different ages. He evicted me before, because I would not go around to the back door after I was already onto the bus.
The evening that I boarded the bus, and noticed that he was the same driver, I decided to get on anyway.
During this monthlong project, students learned how Mrs.
Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott by not giving up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955.
She gave the phone to my husband and he said he would be there shortly and would get me out of jail. Nixon, one of the leaders of the NAACP, had heard about my being arrested from a friend of mine. The people at the jail wouldn't tell him I was there. Nixon got in touch with a white lawyer named Clifford Durr. Durr called the jail, and they told him that I was there. I was glad that the type of treatment legally enforced segregation on the buses was over..come to an end. However, when I knew the boycott was over, and that we didn't have to be mistreated on the bus anymore, that was a much better feeling than I had when we were being mistreated. I recovered from the attack and went on with what I have to do. Usually, if I have to face something, I do so no matter what the consequences might be. I did not feel that giving up would be a way to become a free person. By standing up to something we still don't always affect change right away.
There was a man who had come to my house who knew I had been arrested. I always encourage children to stay in school, get good grades, and to believe in themselves. Even when we are brave and have courage, change still doesn't come about for a long time. My grandmother was ill and I had to stop school to look after her.
There are still people who are prejudiced because of race.
The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute accepts people of any race.