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“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
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“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.”
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“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”
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“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.”
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“Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.”
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“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
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“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free.”
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“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”
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“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”
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“Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that.”
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“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.”
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“I had given up my seat before, but this day, I was especially tired. Tired from my work as a seamstress, and tired from the ache in my heart.”
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“All I was doing was trying to get home from work.”
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“I learned to put my trust in God and to see Him as my strength. Long ago I set my mind to be a free person and not to give in to fear. I always felt that it was my right to defend myself if I could. 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." - Rosa Parks”
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“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”
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“Nah”
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“No.”
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“At the time i didn't realize why there was so much Klan activity, but later I learned that it was because African-American soldiers werre returning from World War Iasn acting as if they deserved equal rights because they had served their country.”
Rosa Parks, Rosa Parks: My Story
“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, [...] the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
Rosa Parks, Rosa Parks: My Story
“The overseer beat him, tried to starve him, wouldn't let him have nay shoes, treated him so badly that he had a very intense, passionate hatred for white people. My grandfather was the one who instilled in my mother and her sisters, and in their children, that you don't put up with bad treatment from anybody. It was passed down almost in our genes,”
Rosa Parks, Rosa Parks: My Story
“One of my greatest pleasures there was enjoying the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing and knowing that white folks were doing the preparing instead of me. There was swimming in the man-made lake, volleyball, square dancing. It was quite enjoyable to be with at Highlander. We forgot what color anybody was. I was forty-two years old, and it was one of the few times in my life up to that point when I did not feel any hostility from white people.”
Rosa Parks, Rosa Parks: My Story
“That was a difference between black slaves and white indentured servants. Black slaves were usually not allowed to keep their names, but were given new names by their owners.”
Rosa Parks, Rosa Parks: My Story
“One of my greatest pleasures there was enjoying the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing and knowing that white folks were doing the preparing instead of me. I was 42 years old, and it was one of the few times in my life up to that point when I did not feel any hostility from white people.”
Rosa Parks, Rosa Parks: My Story


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