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Six Quotes To Celebrate The 60th Anniversary Of Rosa Parks' Bus Ride

Tuesday, December 1, marks the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks' famous refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.

She was jailed for the act, which prompted a 381-day boycott of buses, led in part by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The boycott ended in 1956 when the Supreme Court outlawed segregation on buses.

Parks was named the "mother of the Civil Rights Movement," a title she did not call for but came to accept over her lifetime. She died in Detroit at the age of 92 in 2005.

Although Parks is widely known, she actually wasn't the first to refuse to give up her seat in Montgomery.

Claudette Colvin was arrested for the same reason nine months earlier at the age of 15. Parks was secretary of the local NAACP chapter, and it's disputed exactly how spontaneous her refusal to move was.

Regardless, Parks' stand was a major moment in the fight for racial equality -- which we see continuing in today's Black Lives Matter movement.

In honor of her lasting legacy, here are six quotes to mark the six decades since Parks' revolutionary act.

On refusing to give up her seat:

- From the book "Rosa Parks: Freedom Rider"

On patience for change:

- From a 1997 interview by young students with Scholastic.

On how she wanted to be remembered:

- From a 1995 CSPAN interview.

On changing prejudice views:

- From a 1997 interview by young students with Scholastic.

On advice to young people:

- From a 1995 interview with the Academy of Achievement.

"Have we come far enough in the last 30 or 40 years?"

- From a 1995 CSPAN interview.