Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American civil rights avctivist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement." Her childhood brought her early experiences with racial discrimination and activism for racial equality.

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1913 - Born.On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order 2005 - Died

1.On December 1, 1955, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.2.Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in the U.S. states of California and Ohio.3.Parks received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall4.Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.5.Although widely honored in later years, she also suffered for her act; she was fired from her job as a seamstress in a local department store.6.From 1965 to 1988 she served as secretary and receptionist to John Conyers, an African-American U.S. Representative.7.After retirement, Parks wrote her autobiography, and lived a largely private life in Detroit. In her final years, she suffered from dementia.

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John Proctor and Rosa Parks are similar in the way that both fought for what they beleived in, just in different ways. Both fought for there rights as a human as well.

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