During Black History Month, many Junior Saints submissions featured Rosa Parks, a civil rights activist who initiated the Montgomery Bus Boycott by refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. These are a few of those drawings, along with writings about why the students admire her:

"One African American woman that had an impact on history was Rosa Parks. She wouldn't give up her seat for a white person on a bus. I admire her because even though she could get in a lot of trouble, she still did what she thought was right." - Shannon Sweeney, sixth grade, St. Mary's School, Bryantown
"I chose Rosa Parks because she was the only one to have enough courage to say no to a white person for sitting in front of the bus just for being African American." -Gabriella Guadagno, sixth grade, St. Columba, Oxon Hill
"I chose Rosa Parks because she was brave enough to do what was right, even if she would get in trouble for it." - Julia Peterson, seventh grade, St. John's School, Hollywood
"Rosa Parks was an African American who would not give up her seat on an all white bus because of civil rights." - Courtney Hutt, fifth grade, St. John's School, Hollywood
"I chose Rosa Parks because she was able to stand up for what was right. She was able to change history for the better. I wish one day I could do something extraordinary for the better." - Mariah Pleta, sixth grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill
"Rosa Parks is a great woman. She sat on a public bus in the white section. The police came and she was arrested. I think this can connect us to God because God loves everyone no matter what color skin you are." -Gracie Lombardo, sixth grade, Holy Redeemer School, Kensington
"I like her because she is determined." -Janica Belen, fourth grade, St. Jude Regional Catholic School, Rockville
Madi Crozier, eighth grade, St. Mary's School, Bryantown

Check back later this month to see more Junior Saints drawings!