Quote from Rosa Parks: “It was just time.”

Portrait of Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks


“I did not want to be mistreated, I did not want to be deprived of a seat that I had paid for. It was just time… there was an opportunity for me to take a stand to express the way I felt about being treated in that manner. I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn’t hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became.”

– Rosa Parks

“Quote from Rosa Parks: “It was just time.” sources:

Photograph of Rosa Parks taken in 1955 / National Archives and Records Administration Records of the U.S. Information Agency Record Group 306, record ID: 306-PSD-65-1882 (Box 93) / Wikimedia Commons / “Parks Recalls Bus Boycott, Excerpts from an interview with Lynn Neary”, National Public Radio (1992), linked at “Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks Dies”, NPR, October 25, 2005. / Wikiquote