My time with Rosa Parks: reporter's notebook

20/20's Deborah Roberts reflects on her 1995 report on the civil rights activist and returning with her to the spot in Alabama where Parks was arrested after refusing to give up her bus seat.
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Hi there I'm Deborah Roberts with ABC news 20/20 and as we celebrate Black History Month one thing that occurs to me is said it's a chance to look back at a lot of icons and trail blazers and in my case some that we've actually had a chance to talk quit. Rosa Parks would come along and make a simple decision that would destroy segregation throughout the south. It was the fifteens and mrs. parks and endured racial segregation in Montgomery for twenty years. Everything was separate from restaurants to restrooms. But most offensive to current and other blacks segregated buses but on December 1 1959. On the way home from her job as a seamstress. Rosa Parks had enough and the intimidation. As depicted in this video she sent in the section reserved for blacks then a group of white panel and one man was left standing. The bus driver would get her to give up her seat. She said no and incredible act of defiance. Business parks wants to set the record straight about why she did it. The story has been told over the years that he would gotten off work that you retired that you didn't want to get up because you retire. You say that that's not exactly how and when it had nothing to do with your being physically time. Mr. Neither did math he's made. People fame. The real story is that. I hand did not want to being treated in this man. I. Didn't feel that. It was. There right thing. So be and do wearing. It was such an honor to get to meet Rosa Parks at age 82 light at that spot where she had been arrested for refusing to give up her seat and going to the back of the bus. You could just as easily gotten up like the other people. Fast it would have been easier one I didn't union that I have gone through anything parents Katherine and into act and feel that. It was. Helping to mean it as an and it gave him for the people here. I've been to expand that district policy fit get a pop thing. What struck me is just how quiet she was how modest she was I was ready for her to sort of spill all of her details about what this moment meant to her. And she was so unassuming about the fact that she was just doing her little heart. And for me as a child of the segregated south I grew up in small town Georgia and I went to colored waiting rooms and a colored school up until fourth grade. It was amazing to get to sit down and talk with this woman who might hurt so much about growing up. But never in a million years would've thought I'll have the opportunity to meet is it tough for you to people look if you news. This larger than life figures. It and I practice. This plaque I am. Sadly ten years after that interview she passed away we've lost this modern day hero but I think none of us will ever forget what she did for this country and of course. I will never forget having an opportunity to meet her in a sit down beside her and to hear her story. How would you like to be. Remember. Have lacked the amendment in the face and his. Going to be free in the morning he phone can be held suffering. Okay.

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