ThrowBack Thursday: Rosa Parks – OutKast

ThrowBack Thursday: Rosa Parks – OutKast

Rosa Parks is a black civil rights activist from Alabama famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. In 1955, while riding the bus home from work, the driver ordered her to move to the back of the bus so a white man could have her seat. She refused and was arrested. This led to outrage in the black community, who boycotted public transportation in the city of Montgomery. It was a turning point in the US Civil Rights movement, after a year of boycotts, segregation on buses was ruled unconstitutional. During the boycotts, Martin Luther King Jr. emerged as a leader in the black community, and was praised for his tactics of peaceful civil disobedience.

Parks’ people sued Outkast over this, claiming it exploited her image. The case was settled in 2005, with Outkast and their record company agreeing “To enlighten today’s youth about the significant role Rosa Parks played in making America a better place for all races.”

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