"No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."
In October we take time this month to celebrate the lives and achievements of black people. For a long time the contributions by black people have been played down or ignored. Black History Month aims to help us understand our history and celebrate all the things that black people have done.
There used to be a time in the United States of America when black people couldn’t sit on the bus next to white people. This was called segregation which meant black people had different schools, cinemas, toilets and even water fountains. One bus journey by a black woman who refused to give up her seat for a white person in 1955 changed history.
All of the seats for black people at the back of the bus were full that day. Rosa got on the bus and sat in a seat reserved for white people. When a white person got on the bus, the driver ordered Rosa to give up the seat.
Rosa said no. This shocked everyone. She was arrested and spent a few hours behind bars.
Rosa wasn’t alone in her fight against racism. Other people started standing up against racism and organised a bus boycott. People stopped using the bus for a year leaving a big hole in the bus companies finances.
The bus boycott worked and the courts in the US ruled that having separate seats for black people was not allowed.
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