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The Story Of...Rosa Parks

When George Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25, the footage of his head on the street, under a police officer's knee, reignited the national conversation about police violence against African Americans, and it sent people to the streets raging in protest throughout the world.

But the reckoning provoked by his death isn't just limited to police violence but about racism in all its forms, with a whole new generation of protestors and activists taking to the streets to voice their anger and their frustration at a cancerous wrong that is embedded in society - despite the efforts of countless many to cut it out. 

65 years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama when ordered to do so by the bus driver. She had every right to sit there, but this was in the segregated Deep South, where the rights of African Americans were barely respected and regularly trampled on by whites - in the full knowledge that the authorities were firmly on their side. 

But by refusing to give up her seat, Parks set in motion a chain of events that would lead to the birth of the modern civil rights movement, the rise of Martin Luther King, Jr and - eventually - the end of Jim Crow and desegregation. 

Rosa Parks died in 2005 after a lifetime of commitment to the fight against racial discrimination and injustice. Today, Jim Crow may have gone but institutionalised racism remains, and Rosa Parks' struggle continues, led by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

TSO...Rosa Parks
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