Rosa Parks Class Welcome to Rosa Parks Class! We are creative, collaborative and curious individuals who love to learn. We are resilient and are never afraid to make mistakes. This year, our class is named after Rosa Parks. In the 1950s, American black people were treated unfairly. Rosa Parks tried to change this. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white person. This started the Montgomery bus boycott. The bus boycott was only meant to last for one day. In the end it lasted over a year, until the law was changed. Her actions changed American history forever. Rosa spent her life promoting civil rights and helping those suffering from discrimination and injustice. She continued to support the NAACP and many civil rights events, and in 1987 she co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development to provide career training for young people in Detroit. Rosa received numerous awards for her strength, courage and her incredible work for civil rights – including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. Rosa Parks continues to be recognised all over the world as a symbol of freedom and equality. Today, commemorative statues stand (or ‘sit’ we should say!) in her honour, to remind us of her remarkable achievements that should never be forgotten - this is why we believe that her story should be remembered in our school!