Tag Archives: Civil disobedience

this day in the yesteryear: Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat (1955)


Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat (1955)

Dubbed the “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement” by the US Congress, Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist who became famous in 1955 for refusing to vacate her seat on a municipal bus for a white man. This act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which launched Martin Luther King, Jr., into prominence and became one of the largest and most successful movements against racial segregation. How many thousands of commuters took part in the boycott? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Mohandas Gandhi (1869)


Mohandas Gandhi (1869)

Gandhi is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century for his role in securing India’s independence from British rule through non-violent civil disobedience, a method that has since inspired notable civil rights leaders around the globe. The victory was bittersweet for Gandhi, who had championed HinduMuslim unity, as independence came with a plan to carve out a separate Muslim state—Pakistan. In 1948, he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic. Why is Gandhi often called Mahatma? More… Discuss

JANUARY 20, 2014 – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY –


0a1 aJANUARY 20, 2014 – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on the third Monday of every January.  Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. In the United States, hundreds of streets have been renamed in his honor.

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Quotation: Henry David Thoreau about Unjust laws


Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

“I will not tolerate civil disobedience in the city of Boston”-Statement by Mayor Thomas_ OccupyBoston


I will not tolerate civil disobedience in the city of Boston-Statement by Mayor Thomas

I will not tolerate civil disobedience in the city of Boston-Statement by Mayor Thomas

Reference articles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_disobedience