Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist

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In History
  • Born

    Rosa Parks was born in Tuskeegee, AL, the daughter of farmers who also worked other jubs (carpenter, teacher). She was raised on her grandmother's farm in Pine Level, AL
  • Left school at age 16

    Rosa left school at age 16 to care for her ill grandmother.
  • Married Raymond Parks

    Mr. Parks was a barber and an anctive participant in the civil rights movement.
  • Refuses to give up seat on bus

    Refuses to give up seat on bus
    Tired of segregation in Montgomery, Alabama (with black-only schools, water fountains, etc.), Rosa refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. There was not much I could do except struggle on. There were times when it would have been easy to fall apart or to go in the opposite direction, but somehow I felt that if I took one more step someone would come along to join me."
  • Arrested and fined

    Arrested and fined
    Rosa was arrested and fined $14 and convicted of violating segregation laws.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organizes bus boycott

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organizes bus boycott
  • Supreme Court declared this segregation illegal

    Supreme Court declared this segregation illegal
    Buses in Montgomery were ordered to be desegregated.
  • Received Presidential Medal of Freedom

    from President Clinton
  • Received Congressional Medal of Honor

    Received Congressional Medal of Honor
    from President Clinton and top law makers
  • Died

    at age 92 with no family and no money
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    Member of NAACP

    Became Secretary of the Montgomery, AL chapter of the NAACP (National Advancement of Colored People) by 1943.
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    Worked as seamstress and housekeeper

    In the mid-1950s, Rosa was working as a seamstress at the Montgormery Fair department store and as a housekeeper for a white couple, Mr. and Mrs Durr.
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    Segregation challenged in court

    Rosa's lawyers used this opportunity to challenge the segregation laws in court.
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    Moved to VA, then Detroit, MI

    Rosa moved with her husband and mother first to Virginia, then to Detroit, MI to escape persecution by foes in Montgomery.
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    Worked as aide to Congressman John Conyers

    Congressman in Detroit.