ROSA PARKS

Born in Tuskegee, AL on February 4, 1913, was lady Rosa Parks. Rose's mother was a school teacher and her father was a carpenter. When Rosa was old enough to go to school she went to Montgomery Industrial School for girls. At age 15, Rosa graduated from all African American Booker T. Washington High School in 1928. Rosa also attended Alabama State college for a short time.

We might all know her from what happened on December 1 in the year of 1955. At age 42, Rosa at that time worked as a seamstress, boarded this Montgomery city bus to go home from work. She sat in the middle of the bus, just behind 10 seats reserved for whites. Soon all the seats were filled. When a white man boarded the bus, the bus driver insisted that all four blacks sitting behind the white section should give up their seat so that the man could sit there. Mrs. Rosa Parks, who was an active member of the local NAACP, refused to give up her seat. She was then arrested and convicted of violating the laws of segregation.

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