Civil rights activist Rosa Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person. Her act of defiance inspired many other African Americans to do the same, and the boycott lasted for over a year. It resulted in the desegregation of Montgomery’s public buses, and Parks was arrested and fined for her act of civil disobedience, but she appealed the decision. The boycott gained national attention from prominent civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who supported Parks’ actions. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and was arrested for her decision. The boycott that followed not only ended segregation on the city’s public transportation system but also led to more than a year of economic consequences for Montgomery. Parks’s arrest also led to a landmark Supreme Court decision that outlawed segregation laws in public facilities. After the boycott, Parks continued to be an active civil rights leader until her death in 2005. Her civil disobedience helped bring about major changes in American society. Today she is considered one of the most important figures in American history.