Rosa Parks: law breaker

Today, Rosa Parks is revered as “the mother of the civil rights movement.” But in the mid-1950s she was treated as a common criminal by the State of Alabama. (Pictured below is Rosa Parks’s original arrest warrant. As an aside, shout out to Maya A. McKenzie, who discovered a treasure trove of legal documents pertaining to the criminal prosecution of Rosa Parks for refusing to obey a bus driver’s order to give up her seat to a white passenger. Ms. McKenzie discovered these historic documents in 2013 while she was working as an intern at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Montgomery, Alabama.) To us, Rosa Parks’s arrest warrant is a powerful symbol of the vitality of the natural law tradition and of the banality of evil. (Hat tip: Kottke.)


About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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1 Response to Rosa Parks: law breaker

  1. Abogada Guerra says:

    This is definitely a treasure trove. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing Prior P.

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