When Rosa Parks, a 42 year old seamstress, boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, she did not plan on forever changing American history. She took a seat behind the white section, however the bus soon filled. With the white section full, the bus driver requested that she give up her seat for a white man. She calmly refused to relinquish her seat. She was promptly arrested, not for how she acted, but for violating segregation laws. Parks appealed the conviction, challenging segregation's legallity.