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

In 1955, a quiet act of defiance by a seamstress on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, helped change the course of history. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the “colored” section for a white passenger. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and violation of Alabama’s segregation laws. With the support of the NAACP, her civil disobedience case eventually led to a federal decision that bus segregation was unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.