Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.
Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically... No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
Why do you all push us around?
All I was doing was trying to get home from work.
At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.
Each person must live their life as a model for others.
Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free.
Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.
I had felt for a long time that, if I was ever told to get up so a white person could sit, that I would refuse to do so.
There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take... The line between reason and madness grows thinner.
Time begins the healing process of wounds cut deeply by oppression. We soothe ourselves with the salve of attempted indifference, accepting the false pattern set up by the horrible restriction of Jim Crow laws.
God has always given me the strength to say what is right.
It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn't feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working.
I don't think well of people who are prejudiced against people because of race. The only way for prejudiced people to change is for them to decide for themselves that all human beings should be treated fairly. We can't force them to think that way.
Let us look at Jim Crow for the criminal he is and what he has done to one life multiplied millions of times over these United States and the world. He walks us on a tightrope from birth.
You spend your whole lifetime in your occupation, actually making life clever, easy and convenient for white people. But when you have to get transportation home, you are denied an equal accommodation. Our existence was for the white man's comfort and well-being; we had to accept being deprived of just being human.
I'm tired of being treated like a second-class citizen.