Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist who, in 1955, refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. Her brave action inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a peaceful protest against the segregation of public transportation in the city. Her stand made her a major symbol of the civil rights movement, and her name became a rallying cry for the fight against racial discrimination. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a powerful statement of the African-Americans' determination to no longer accept the unjust discrimination of the Jim Crow era. It served to kick off the civil rights movement that ultimately led to the end of segregation in the United States. To this day, Rosa Parks' brave act is remembered as a powerful example of the power of non-violent protest in the fight for civil rights.