In Montgomery, Alabama Rosa Parks was just trying to ride the bus. Infact, she did nothing illegal. On December 1, 1955 while on board a bus, Rosa Parks was seated in the first row of the black section. However, when a white man boarded the bus and saw that the white section was full he ordered Rosa to get out of her seat, which she refused. The bus driver then called the police. This event sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which outlawed segregation in the public transportation system.