But what do we really know of this historic event? Better yet, what do we believe about it? To what degree has Parks' act been mythologized by the press, popular culture, and even educators? For example, as yourself the following:
- Approximately how old was Rosa Parks at the time of the event?
- Where did she sit on the bus?
- Why exactly did she refuse to move from her seat?
- What were her views concerning non-violence?
Why is it that we believe so strongly in the myth of Rosa Parks? For more about the details of this event, see Rita Dove's article in Time magazine. Read it carefully: your own biases may prevent you from truly understanding what happened.