Last updated: February 5, 2021
Step 1: Break the Rules
You’ve probably heard of the term civil disobedience, but did you know people were practicing it long before Rosa Parks and Dr. King? On June 7, 1892, a small group of activists in New Orleans broke the law in their fight against racial segregation. One of them, a man of color, bought a ticket for the white section of a train leaving New Orleans. That man was Homer Plessy.
Watch the video to discover what led to Homer Plessy’s act of defiance and to find out what happened next.
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Homer Plessy was a member of the Afro-Creole community of New Orleans, a shoe maker, and a civil rights activist. He took his rights seriously. Working with the Citizens Committee, Homer Plessy fought back against segregation and white supremacy. What would you do for your rights? Would you stand up even if it was dangerous?