Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Alabama to James McCauley, a carpenter, and Leona McCauley, a teacher.At the age of 11 she enrolled in the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls, a private school founded by liberal-minded women from the northern United States.After attending Alabama State Teachers College, she settled in Montgomery, with her husband, Raymond Parks. They joined the local chapter of the NAACP and worked quietly for many years to improve the lot of the segregated south.For years, the black community had complained that the situation was unfair. Parks said, "My resisting being mistreated on the bus did not begin with that particular arrest...I did a lot of walking in Montgomery."One day in 1943, Parks boarded the bus and paid the fare. She then moved to her seat but driver James F. Blake told her to follow city rules and enter the bus again from the back door. Parks exited the bus, but before she could re-board at the rear door, Blake drove off, leaving her to walk home in the rainAfter working all day, Parks boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus on Thursday, December 1, 1955, in downtown Montgomery. She paid her fare and sat in an empty seat in the first row of back seats reserved for blacks in the "colored" section. Near the middle of the bus, her row was directly behind the ten seats reserved for white passengers. Initially, she did not notice that the bus driver was James F. Blake. All of the white-only seats in the bus filled up. When Parks refused to give up her seat, a police officer arrested her. n 1957, Mrs. Parks and her husband moved to Detroit, Michigan where Mrs. Parks served on the staff of U.S. Representative John Conyers.


2/04/1913 - Rosa was born12/01/1955- Rosa Parks stands her ground on a Montgomery bus12/04/1955 - Plans for the Montgomery Bus Boycott were announced12/21/1956 - The day Montgomery's public transportation system was legally integrated.10/24/2005 - Rosa's death day

Rosa Parks was handed several awards, some are: The Presidential Medal of Freedom, The Congressional Gold Medal, Spingarn Medal, The NAACP awarded Parks the Spingarn Medal, its highest honorThe Southern Christian Leadership Council established an annual Rosa Parks Freedom Award in her honor.She was also instrumental in her chapter of the NAACP

Lasting Impact

Rosa Parks has become an icon for the civil rights movement.She was the spark the ignited the civil rights movement and her single act of civil disobiediance is still commemorated todayAfter her death, her casket was transported to Washington, D.C. by a bus similar to the one in which she made her protest, to lie in honor in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.An estimated 50,000 people viewed the casket there in a wish to honor her.

SS5H8: The student will describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950-1975. b. Explain the key events and people of the Civil Rights movement; include....... Rosa Parks.


(2014, March 05). Academy of Achievement. Retrieved from, T. (Photographer). Rosa Parks Library and Museum. Retrieved from, R. (1999). Rosa parks: My story. (p. 208). New York, NY: Puffin. Retrieved from

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Rosa Parks: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement



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