Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks!

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Civil-rights activist Rosa Parks would have turned 100 today.

Racialicious has a great post debunking some popular myths about her famous refusal to sit at the back of the bus:

“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…No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →