5 Pieces of Rosa Park’s Civil Rights Legacy That Are Deeper Than That Singular Moment On a Bus

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2. Even in her adolescence, Rosa was a strong believer in self-defense. Once during childhood, a white bully was teasing her and her brother Sylvester, so she picked up a brick and threatened to hit him. Another incident occurred when Parks was walking on a sidewalk and a white boy pushed her, so she pushed him back — right in front of the boy’s mother. The boy’s mother told Rosa that she could have her arrested for that and Rosa responded, “He pushed me and I didn’t want to be pushed.”