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Rosa parks

HER story



“I felt I had a right to stay where I was”

"You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right."

Rosa parks was an African-American activity that defied the laws of segregation in the southern United States.She became a symbol of the civil rights movement after becoming famous for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man.

Who is Rosa Parks

Rosa parks was the daughter of two activists for the black community (James Henry McCauley and Leona Carlie Edwards), she grew up in a very racist environment where people of color had fewer rights than white people and suffered continuous injustices. At 19 she married Raymond Parks who introduced her to activism and in the meantime worked as a seamstress.In 1943 she was appointed secretary for the National Association for the Promotion of People of Color; in which, in 1954, she found herself working together with Martin Luther King.

February 4, 1913, Alabama - October 24, 2005, Michigan

Story of Rosa Parks

On December 1st of the following year she had taken the bus to go home and refused to give up her seat to a white man who came after her and after the driver's request to get up she replied calmly no. She was subsequently arrested and imprisoned for a few hours (thanks to a white anti-racist lawyer who paid her the deposit to leave); this event led to the boycott of the buses in Montgomery, this protest started many other protests and lasted just over a year until the segregation of public transport became illegal. From there, Rosa Parks, is known as the mother of the civil rights movement.Despite death threats she continued to campaign for equal rights and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.When she died, at the age of 92 years, at her memorial service in Washington D.C., there were about 50,000 people.