Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1913 to James and Leona McCauley. After her parents seperated, she moved to Pine Level, Alabama with her mother, just outside of Montgomery. There, she attended discriminated schools, until she left high school to care for her sick grandmother while she was just a junior. When she was nineteen, she married Raymond Parks and they both became active members in the NAACP's Mongomery, Alabama chapter. On December 1st, 1955, Parks was riding home from work on the Cleveland Avenue bus. In Montgomery, the law required that buses be segregated; if a white person does not have a seat, a black person must give up their seat. Parks was asked to give up her seat to a standing white man, but she was refused and arrested that same day.

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-had to attend segregated schools growing up-had divorced parents, forced to move to Montgomery, Alabama-dropped out of high school at age 16, due to mother and grandmother's sickness

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Were the 1950s truly an era of consensus and conformity?


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Rosa Parks was a rebel of the 1950’s because she challenged the social norms of the segregated state of Alabama. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus, which led to her arrest and a city-wide bus boycott in Montgomery. Parks states, “I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” She was tired of constantly facing segregation, so she stood up for herself. People saw this as radical, because she was one of the first women to be arrested for violating segregation laws. Martin Luther King says, “Mrs. Parks is a fine Christian person, unassuming, and yet there is integrity and character there. And just because she refused to get up, she was arrested.” The black community praised her for doing something notable, something that protested segregation. The day after her arrest, blacks were told to keep off of buses in Montgomery, and their boycott lasted for thirteen months. It resulted in the Supreme Court ruling that declared segregation on buses unconstitutional. Rosa Parks’ decision to not back down in what she believed in helped slowly end segregation for generations that came after her.

"I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would also be free too."

"Every person must live their life as a model for others."


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