Rosa Parks is important because she was one of the first people to challenge segregation in the United States.
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama to a white passenger. When she was arrested for this act of defiance, it sparked protests that led to boycotts and strikes throughout the country. The Civil Rights Movement had begun, and Parks became an icon for the cause. She showed that one person can make a difference, and that standing up for what you believe in is worth fighting for even if it might cost you your life.
She was a role model for many people because she showed them how important it is to stand up for what’s right. Her courage inspired others to do the same thing when they saw how much she sacrificed herself for justice—and as a result, we now live in a more equal society where black people are no longer forced into segregated buses or denied their basic rights as citizens simply because of their skin color.
Parks also showed us how important it is to be persistent in pursuit of a goal: after being jailed twice for violating segregation laws.