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45 Best Inspirational Rosa Parks Quotes on Courage, Montgomery and Racism

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”



‘Rosa Parks’ when this name comes in mind the women empowerment and its importance also takes roots in my mind, because she was a female civil rights activist, who only refused to surrender her seat in a segregated bus for a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama.

Rosa was a bold lady and her boldness sparked with all the glory and the Montgomery Bus Boycott took place. This boycott launched a great success nationwide and her efforts end up the racism specially in public facilities.

She is the civil right activist who enlightened many areas of the society that were not for both races of the society. May these Rosa Parks quotes give you a new life and the strength to make your life successful.

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Here is best list of Rosa Parks quotes

1.“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”

2.“All I was doing was trying to get home from work.”

3.“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

4.“To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.”

5.“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”

6.“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and hopefully, we shall overcome.”

7.“Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again?”

8.“I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.”

9.“I believe there is only one race – the human race.”

10.“Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.”

11.“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in”

12.“I did not get on the bus to get arrested I got on the bus to go home.”

13.“Differences of race, nationality or religion should not be used to deny any human being citizenship rights or privileges. Life is to be lived to its fullest so that death is just another chapter. Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”

14.“It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn’t feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working”

15.“Time Begins The Healing Process Of Wounds Cut Deeply By Oppression. We Soothe Ourselves With The Salve Of Attempted Indifference, Accepting The False Pattern Set Up By The Horrible Restriction Of Jim Crow Laws.”

16.“One person can change the world.”

17.“At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.”

18.“Since I have always been a strong believer in God, I knew that He was with me, and only He could get me through that next step”

19.“I don’t think well of people who are prejudiced against people because of race. The only way for prejudiced people to change is for them to decide for themselves that all human beings should be treated fairly. We can’t force them to think that way.”

20.“The advice I would give any young person is, first of all, to rid themselves of prejudice
against other people and to be concerned about what they can do to help others. And of
course, to get a good education, and take advantage of the opportunities that they have. In
fact, there are more opportunities today than when I was young.”

21.“Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that.”

22.“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”

23.“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.”

24.“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”

25.“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

26.“I believe there is only one race – the human race.”

27.“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free … so other people would be also free.”

28.“I see the energy of young people as a real force for positive change.”

29.“The only way for prejudiced people to change is for them to decide for themselves that all human beings should be treated fairly. We can’t force them to think that way.”

30.“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”

31.“I’m tired of being treated like a second-class citizen.”

32.“Without vision, people perish, and without courage and inspiration dreams die”

33.“All I was doing was trying to get home from work.”

34.“My resisting being mistreated on the bus did not begin with that particular arrest…I did a lot of walking in Montgomery.”

35.“Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.”

36.“My only concern was to get home after a hard day’s work.”

37.“Why Do You All Push Us Around?”

38.“There is no future without education.”

39.“I will always work for human rights for all people.”

40.“God has always given me the strength to say what is right… I had the strength of God and my ancestors with me”

41.“Let us look at Jim Crow for the criminal he is and what he has done to one life multiplied millions of times over these United States and the world. He walks us on a tightrope from birth.”

42.“I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night.”

43.“As far back as I can remember, I knew there was something wrong with our way of life when people could be mistreated because of the color of their skin.”

44.“I have spent over half my life teaching love and brotherhood, and I feel that it is better to continue to teach or live equality and love than it would be to have hatred or prejudice.”

45.“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”

Introduction – Rosa Park

Rosa Parks was considered as the leader of the civil rights.Her refusal on giving up her seat on a segregated bus, for a white passenger, became the hottest issue with the name Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa’s Quotes spread bravery to the nationwide and her efforts to end up a racial segregation made her the most courageous woman. Rosa also been awarded by the ‘Martin Luther KingJr.’ Award that is presented by the National Association, she also got two medals for the Advancement and eradication of inequality for Colored People, 1st medal was the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ and the other one is ‘Congressional Gold Medal’.

Early and Family Life – Rosa Parks

Rosa Louise McCauley was born on 4th February 1913, in the state of Alabama, Tuskegee.When Rosa was only two years old her parents James and Leona McCauley got separated. She was brought up by her mother Parks, who moved to her parent’s family Rose and Sylvester Edwards at Pine Level, Alabama. Parks’ grandparents also faced the racial inequalities throughout their life because they were the former slaves and had a strong advocacy for the racial equality.They lived together and Parks spent her all years of youth in Edwards’ farm. Rosabrought up byfacing racial discrimination from her child-hood, she was having a lot of experiences about the activism for the racial equality.

Education – Rosa Parks

From the earliest grades Rosa taught by her mother or grandparents, because Throughout her educational life, she assumed to attended a segregated school. She often faced a lankness in adequate supplies of schools such as desks etc. In 1929, when she was at the 11th grade she attended a laboratory school for her secondary education. Rosa got fade up by the system and didn’t wanted to return to her education. But after her marriage, she started her high education and got the degree in 1933, with husband’s support.

Marriage – Rosa Parks

Rosa got married in 1932, when she was only 19 years old, Rosa mate to Raymond Parks, and soon they got married, her husband was a barber and also participated in NAACP as an active member. After graduation from a high school by the help of beloved husband Raymond, Parks worked hard to become an activist and indulge herself in civil rights issues for this she joined the‘Montgomery chapter’ launched by NAACP in 1943. She served here as the youngest leader of chapteralso served as the secretary to NAACP President until 1957. The couple were never blessed with children.

Arrest -– Rosa Parks

On December 1, 1955, Rosa got arrested just because she refused the instruction of a bus driver, about giving up her seat. afterward she admitted that she refused to give up, not because of her physical tiredness, but justbecause she tired by giving up. There were more three passengers in the bus, who surrendered their seats on the call of driver. Rosa refused to give up and remained seated. The driver asked, “Why don’t you stand up?” to which Parks replied, “I don’t think I should have to stand up.” After this conflict driver called the police who arrested her. 

The Montgomery Bus Boycott

On December 5th, 1955. People encouraged to stay at home, student were not allowed to go to schools, because it was the day of Rosa’s trial. For the protest of Rosa’s arrest, most of African American community was deniedto ride the bus, because the organizers thought the longer boycott the successful it will. This boycott lasted for 381 days, ended up by a Supreme Court ruling declaration. 

Just because of the size and scope, loyalty and hopes towards the boycott participation. the boycott continued for the several months of the year. By this boycott, Montgomery became a victim of eyesore. 

Life After the Bus Boycott

After this longest term boycott she became a symbol of ‘Civil Rights Movement’, on the other Rosa also suffered a lot of hardships for the months she arrested in Montgomery and prolonged boycott. She also lost her job and husband’sjob as well. Both were failed to find job in this city, so they decided to move from Montgomery to Detroit, Michigan.

There, they started a new life, started working as a secretary, receptionist in United State and as a Representative of JohnConyers’s congressional office. In 1987, with the collaboration of her best friend ‘Elaine Eason Steele’, Rosa established an institute named the ‘Parks and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development’.

Death -– Rosa Parks

She is being diagnosed with the progressive dementia from the previous years, she suffered for a very long period of time and then, Rosa leftthis segregated world quietly,she got died in her apartment in Detroit, Michigan on 24th October 2005, at the age of 92. Rosa’s death was left many people to cry for her. She worked for the society and left behind a lot of areas to make people comfortable.In the United State it is estimated that about 50,000 people were a part of her casket, in Chapel. After a few months of her death, the area ‘chapel’where she was died, was renamed to Rosa L. Parks Freedom Chapel.

Awards -– Rosa Parks

Rosa received many awards during her lifespan.

  • Spingarn Medal
  • the NAACP’s highest award,
  • prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Award. 
  • the Presidential Medal of Freedom, (the highest honor given by the United States’ executive branch).
  • the Congressional Gold Medal (the highest award given by the U.S. legislative branch). 
  • “The 20 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.” (TIME magazine)
Last Words

Although she faced discriminationfrom her childhood, even than she struggleda lot to eradicate the inequality from every field of life, herstruggles made her stronger. She is the true face of woman strength and “Rosa’s Quotes” are the light on a darkest road.