American Rose


Six decades ago, a young black woman sat down for her rights and won her place in the history books. If she had been a man, she may have gotten into a physical altercation and not accomplish anything.

She says she was tired of giving in, so sixty-one years ago today, Rosa Parks took a stand by keeping her seat and was arrested for not giving up her seat to a white passenger.

12/1/55: Rosa Parks refuses to give up bus seat

Today marks 61 years since Rosa Parks' act of defiance sparked the protests of the modern civil rights movement

WATCH: 61 years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. Watch her tell the story on TODAY in 1984.

Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat and changed the world, this day in 1955.