The Life of Rosa Parks

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In History
  • Rosa's Birth

    Rosa Louise McCauley was born in Tuskegee, Alabama.
  • Rosa marries Raymond Parks, a 29-year-old barber.

  • Rosa Parks registers to vote

    Rosa Parks registers to vote
  • 1954: Brown v. Board of Education

    1954:  Brown v. Board of Education
    The Supreme Court rules on the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan., unanimously agreeing that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The ruling paves the way for large-scale desegregation.
  • Rosa Parks refuses to give her bus seat

    Rosa Parks refuses to give her bus seat
    Rosa Parks refuses to give her bus seat to a white man and is arrested.
  • Rosa Parks is fined $14 and the case goes to trial.

    Rosa Parks is fined $14 and the case goes to trial.
    Rosa Parks is fined $14 and the case goes to trial. More than 5,000 people pack Holt Street Baptist Church in Montgomery and pass a resolution to continue the boycott.
  • Montgomery City Commission doubles bus fares to 20 cents; children's fares raised to 10 cents.

    Montgomery City Commission doubles bus fares to 20 cents; children's fares raised to 10 cents.
    As the boycott continues, the Montgomery City Commission doubles bus fares to 20 cents; children's fares raised to 10 cents.
  • The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s home is bombed.

    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s home is bombed. Montgomery City Commission issues $500 reward in connection with bombing.
  • A lawsuit is filed in federal court.

    A lawsuit is filed in federal court.
  • Montgomery City Commission reaffirms its commitment to segregated seating on city buses.

    Montgomery City Commission reaffirms its commitment to segregated seating on city buses.
  • Three federal judges vote 2-1 to strike down Montgomery bus segregation ordinances as unconstitutional.

    Three federal judges vote 2-1 to strike down Montgomery bus segregation ordinances as unconstitutional.
  • U.S. Supreme Court rules that segregation of city buses is unconstitutional.

    U.S. Supreme Court rules that segregation of city buses is unconstitutional.
    U.S. Supreme Court rules that segregation of city buses is unconstitutional.
  • Federal injunctions are served on the city, enforcing the Supreme Court's ruling on public transportation.

    Federal injunctions are served on the city, enforcing the Supreme Court's ruling on public transportation.
  • Black Montgomerians end boycott of the bus system.

    Black Montgomerians end boycott of the bus system.7
  • Rosa Parks joins in the March on Washington

    Rosa Parks joins in the March on Washington
    Rosa Parks joins in the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech before a crowd of about 250,000 at the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Rosa Parks begins working in the office of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.

    Rosa Parks begins working in the office of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. After serving as an administrative assistant more than 20 years, she retired in 1988. Parks worked with Conyers on making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday.
  • Parks' husband, Raymond Parks, dies

    Parks' husband, Raymond Parks, dies
    Parks' husband, Raymond Parks, dies
  • Rosa Parks receives prestigious Spingarn Award

    Rosa Parks receives prestigious Spingarn Award
    Rosa Parks receives prestigious Spingarn Award, the NAACP's highest honor for civil rights contributions.
  • Rosa Parks helps establish the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development, which motivates youth to reach their potential.

    Rosa Parks helps establish the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development, which motivates youth to reach their potential. "I see the energy of young people as a real force for change," she wrote in her 1996 book, "Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today's Youth."
  • Publishes her first book, "Rosa Parks: My Story" with Jim Haskins.

    Publishes her first book, "Rosa Parks: My Story" with Jim Haskins.
    Publishes her first book, "Rosa Parks: My Story" with Jim Haskins.
  • Her memoir, "Quiet Strength," is published.

    Her memoir, "Quiet Strength," is published.
    Her memoir, "Quiet Strength," is published. Parks takes a trip to Japan; receives doctorate degree from Soka University. Travels to Stockholm, Sweden, to receive Rosa Parks Peace Prize and light the Peace Candle
  • Parks is attacked and beaten in her home by an African-American man who wanted money and apparently did not recognize her.

    Parks is attacked and beaten in her home by an African-American man who wanted money and apparently did not recognize her. She wrote after the incident, "I pray for this young man and the conditions in our country that have made him this way."
  • Rosa Parks receives highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Rosa Parks receives highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
    Rosa Parks receives highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Parks receives the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor from a bill widely supported by both houses of Congress.

    Parks receives the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor from a bill widely supported by both houses of Congress.
    Parks receives the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor from a bill widely supported by both houses of Congress. A lawsuit is filed on her behalf against BMG Entertainment, claiming the label allowed hip-hop duo Outkast to use her name without her permission for commercial purposes in their 1998 song "Rosa Parks." The suit was settled in 2005.
  • The dedication and grand opening of Troy State University-Montgomery's Rosa Parks Museum and Library.

    The dedication and grand opening of Troy State University-Montgomery's Rosa Parks Museum and Library.
  • CBS shows television movie about her life, "The Rosa Parks Story" starring Angela Bassett.

    CBS shows television movie about her life, "The Rosa Parks Story" starring Angela Bassett.
  • Rosa Parks dies at 92.

    Rosa Parks dies at 92.
    Rosa Parks dies at 92.
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