Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Rosa Louise McCauley was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Click here to see Rosa's childhood home
Rosa Attended Montgomery Industrial school in Montgomery, Alabama
Up until age 11, she attended a local school. After this, she attended Miss White's Montgomery Industrial School for girls. In 1929, she had to leave due to an illness in the family. She later received her high school diploma in 1933.Click here to see a photo of Miss White's Montgomery Industrial School
Rosa Marries Raymond Parks
Rosa married her husband, Raymond Parks, on December 18, 1932, in Montgomery, Alabama.
Rosa Joined the NAACP
In 1943, Rosa joined the National Association for the Advancement on Colored People. She became a leader of the Montgomery branch, and they worked to make life both better and fairer for African Americans. Click here to learn more about the NAACP
Rosa Parks was Arrested
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger. Click here to learn more about the bus boycott and Rosa's arrest
Montgomery Bus Boycott
In response to Rosa Parks' arrest, and other unfair treatment of African Americans, the Montgomery Bus boycott began. Around 90% of African American residents did not ride the buses during this time. This greatly hurt the amount of money the bus systems were making. The boycott continued until segregation on buses was made unconstitutional on December 20, 1956. Click here for more information on the bus boycott!
Segregated Seating on Buses Declared Unconstitutional
On June 5, 1956, a court in the federal district declared it unconstitutional to segregate seating on buses. Just a few months later, this ruling was upheld by the Supreme Court. The final decision went into effect on December 20, 1956.
Rosa Parks' DeathRosa Parks passed away of natural causes in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 92.