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This Day in Pop Culture for December 1

Rosa Parks

1955: Rosa Parks is Jailed

It was on this day in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama that “the mother of the civil rights movement,” Rosa Parks, was jailed for not giving up her bus seat to a white man, a direct violation of the city’s racial segregation law. During that time, African Americans were required to sit at the back of public buses and were required to give up their seats to white people if asked. Sitting in the first row of the “black section,” Parks refused to give up her seat when a white man demanded that she do so. Soon after, many African American activists called for bus boycott beginning on December 5 of that same year. The boycott lasted for more than a year. (Image: Wikimedia)


  • 1929: David Doyle (actor)
  • 1933: Lou Rawls (singer)
  • 1935: Woody Allen (film director)
  • 1940: Richard Pryor (comedian)
  • 1945: Bette Midler (actress)
  • 1951: Treat Williams (actor)
  • 1970: Sarah Silverman (comedian)
  • 1972: Bart Millard (singer)
  • 1985: Janelle Monae (singer)
  • 1988: Zoe Kravitz (actress)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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