Rosa Parks Quotes:
Short Quotes by Rosa Parks
I was just trying to let them know how I felt about being treated as a human being.
Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it.
I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.
Rosa Parks Quotes about Freedom
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.
I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.
Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.
Rosa Parks Quotes on Courage
The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
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.
I am leaving this legacy to all of you…to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die – the dream of freedom and peace.
Rosa Parks Quotes about Civil Rights
We didn’t have any civil rights. It was just a matter of survival, of existing from one day to the next. I remember going to sleep as a girl hearing the Klan ride at night and hearing a lynching and being afraid the house would burn down.
“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
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
Rosa Parks Dignity Quotes
Racial pride and self-dignity were emphasized in my family and community.
Was that I was a person with dignity and self-respect, and I should not set my sights lower than anybody else just because I was black.
Rosa Parks Quotes on Bus
I thought of Emmett Till, and when the bus driver ordered me to move to the back, I just couldn’t move.
Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that.
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My resisting being mistreated on the bus did not begin with that particular arrest…I did a lot of walking in Montgomery.
I did not get on the bus to get arrested I got on the bus to go home.