On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man, sparking a 381-day boycott that led to desegregation of Montgomery, Alabama, buses.
In October of 1986, when I was working as a staff photographer for The Baltimore Sun, I was assigned to cover a NAACP function where Rosa Parks was one of the guests of honor. I was aware of the significant role she played during the civil rights struggle and was looking forward to taking her picture. For much of the night the pictures I got were the standard society function images. At one point I looked around for Rosa and did not see her. I wandered around till I found her sitting in a side room by herself.