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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks born on February 4, 1913 was an American Activist who marked history by standing for what she believed in on December 1, 1955. Parks was originally from Tuskegee, Alabama however, her parents seperated and she went off with her mother to Pine Level, Alabama to live with her grandparents. She attended segregated schools in Montgomery, including the city's Industrial School for Girls. In 1929 Parks dropped out of school to assist her ill grandmother. She never returned to finish her studies and began to work in a clothes factor.n 1932,Rosa met and married Raymond Parks.She became an advocate of NAACP in 1943.On December 1,1955 Rosa Parks was coming home from a long day at work when she refused to give up her seat to a white folk. This day forever marked American history. Soonly after the Montgomery Bus Boycott started and years later on 1964 the Cival Rights Movement passed. After that Rosa Parks became a legend. However. on October 24, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan Parks passed away and till this day is still remebered.

Why a Rebel?

1913- Rosa Parks Birth1920- Roaring 20's1940- Worl War II1955- Refuses to move from her seat1955-Montgomery Bus Boycott1964-Cival Rights Movement passed2005- Rosa Parks Death

Rosa Parks was a American Activist "rebel" because she went against the law, she changed African Americans positions in society and she altered American history. Parks fought against the law when she refused to give up her seat in 1955, "Are you going to stand up?" the driver demanded. Rosa Parks looked straight at him and said: "No." Flustered, and not quite sure what to do, Blake retorted, Well im going to have you arrested? And Parks, still sitting next to the window, replied softly,"You may do that." She stood her ground and fought for what she believed in even if it caused her to get arrested. Rosa made a huge inpact in American history due to the people who joined her in the Mongomery Bus Boycott. Many advertisements came into play, "Don't ride the bus to work, to town, to school, or any place Monday, December 5. Don't ride the buses to work to town, to school, or any where on Monday. If you work, take a cab, or share a ride, or walk." African Americans were tired of being treated in such an unfair way that Parks was the extra push they needed to stand up and fight to be treated as equals. Parks became a legend gaining admiration around the world. In Rosa Parks funeral, President Bill Clinton said a speech, "When I first met Rosa Parks, I was reminded of what Abraham Lincoln said when he was introduced to Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He said, "So this is the little lady who started the great war." This time, Rosa’s war was fought by Martin Luther King’s rules — civil disobedience, peaceful resistance — but a war, nonetheless, for one America in which the law of the land means the same thing for everybody." This speech is significant because even President Clinton admired the change Parks made around the world. Rosa Parks was just tired coming home from work and stood her ground, changed the position of African Americans and becoming a legend makeing her the most admireed "rebel" in American History.


1) In 1979, the NAACP awarded Rosa Parks the Spingarn Medal, their highest honor. 2) In 1980, the NAACP awarded Rosa Parks the Martin Luther King Jr. Award. 3)In 1983, Rosa Parks was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. 4) In 1990, Rosa Parks had the honor of being part of the welcoming party for Nelson Mandela, who had been recently imprisoned in South Africa. 5)In September of 1992, Rosa Parks was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award for her years of community service and lifelong commitment to social change through non-violent means and civil rights. 6)In 1996, Rosa Parks was presented, by President Bill Clinton, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian by the United States Government.


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Quotes"Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.""I would like to be remebered as a person who wanted to be free... soother people would be also free.""At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in."

Were the 1950's truly an era of conformity?


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Rosa Parks"Mother of Cival Rights Movement"


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