5 Pieces of Rosa Park’s Civil Rights Legacy That Are Deeper Than That Singular Moment On a Bus
3. Twelve years prior to her act of civil disobedience in 1955, Parks had a run-in with the same bus driver, James F. Blake, who had her thrown in jail for not giving up her seat. In 1943, Parks attempted to board a bus driven by Blake. He told her to pay up front, then get off and board in the back so she wouldn’t pass by any white passengers. As she went to re-board the bus at the rear, Blake sped off and left her.