It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn't feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working.
I was a person with dignity and self-respect, and I should not set my sights lower than anybody else just because I was black.
Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.
The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute accepts people of any race. We don't discriminate against anyone. We teach people to reach their highest potential. I set examples by the way I lead my life.
As far back as I can remember, I knew there was something wrong with our way of life when people could be mistreated because of the color of their skin.
Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.