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On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move to the back of a Montgomery bus.

She did not intend to get arrested when she took a seat in the front of the black section of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. As the bus filled, the bus driver demanded that that she move from her seat to the back of the bus so that a white male passenger could sit there. When she refused, she was arrested, and four days later convicted of disorderly conduct. She soon became a symbol of civil rights movement.