Wednesday marks the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ historic refusal to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery, AL bus. It was a carefully organized act of defiance that’s largely credited with ushering the Civil Rights movement into existence. The storied movement that arose in part from her actions was often bloody and cost many their lives. So while it’s become commonplace to try to paint it  over with far less threatening tones, we take a look back at what Parks’ efforts really looked like on December 1, 1955. It’s all in an effort to thank the woman many consider a heroine, and the millions like her who fought for justice – and are still fighting.

rosa_parks_bus_120110.jpgRosa Parks seated toward the front of the bus on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama.

rosa_parks_mlk_120110.jpgRosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King jr. (ca. 1955)(Creative Commons)

rosa_parks_arrest_120110.jpgCivil rights pioneer Rosa Parks photgraphedby Alabama cops following her February 1956 arrest during the Montgomery bus boycotts. (Creative Commons)

rosa_parks_fingerprinted_120110.jpgRosa Parks being fingerprinted by Alabama cops. (Library of Congress)

freedom_riders_120110.jpgFreedoms Riders outside burning bus in Anniston, AL (Library of Congress)

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