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Facts About Rosa Parks

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How can one woman spark a national movement, become an iconic symbol of human rights, and receive numerous honors and awards? Rosa Parks, at age 42, did all of this just by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man.

Rosa ParksRosa Parks in 1955, with Martin Luther King in the background.

In Rosa’s day, segregation was life

There were different water fountains for blacks and whites. The seating on the bus was separated with blacks at the back of the bus, whites in the font and the middle seats were for whoever, but if a black occupied a seat, they were required to give it up for a white person. Read on to learn more facts about Rosa Parks.

Rosa Louise McCauley

Rosa Parks was born February 4th, 1913. Her parents divorced, and she moved with her mom to Montgomery, Alabama. She married in 1932 to Raymond Parks. She was a seamstress until 1965 when she lost her job for having too much publicity.

Her stand

Because of Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat for a white man, she was arrested. She was given a charge of disorderly conduct and fined $14. Because of her stand against giving up her seat, she sparked national change. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was in honor of Rosa Parks. It lasted for 381 and was finally ended when some of their demands were met.

The movement

Before Rosa Parks’ stubborn determination to keep her seat, it was socially righteous for black discrimination. They were forced to give up seats, drink from different fountains, use different doors and attend separate schools. Due to Rosa Parks, the Civil Rights Movement began. In just a few years, laws everywhere were being changed and discrimination was becoming a thing of the past.

The effect of Rosa

Nowadays, because of the civil rights movement and because of Rosa standing up for what she believed in, there are many people who look up to her. She has inspired many to stand up for what they believe in. There is a scholarship for high school senior girls. There is a foundation in her name as well. Many things have come about just because a little woman refused to give up her seat.