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Rosa Parks


Civil legal rights activist who became referred to as “The 1st woman of civil legal rights” following she was arrested for refusing to stop her seat on the bus in 1955. This take action instigated the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott, which helped end racial segregation on general public transit in the united states. Her college, the Montgomery Industrial College, was burnt down double by racist arsonists. You will find two Rosa Parks times in her honor: Her birthday, Feb 4th, and your day of her arrest, Dec 1st. She wedded barber Raymond Parks, an associate from the NAACP, in 1932. She caused Martin Luther Ruler Jr., who led the Civil Privileges movement.

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Full Name Rosa Parks
Date Of Birth February 4, 1913
Died October 24, 2005, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Place Of Birth Tuskegee, AL
Height 1.6 m
Profession Civil Rights Leader
Education Highlander Folk School, Alabama State Teachers College for Negroes
Nationality American
Spouse Raymond Parks
Parents Leona McCauley, James McCauley
Siblings Sylvester McCauley
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, Spingarn Medal, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Plate Awards
Star Sign Aquarius

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1Inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004.
2Suffered from dementia and other health problems, lived with a caretaker in the Riverfront Apartments in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
3Pictured on a USA nondenominated ('forever') commemorative stamp, issued 4 February 2013, the 100th anniversary of her birth. Price on day of issue was 46¢.
4Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 413-415. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
5Coincidentally, Yolanda King who portrayed Parks in King (1978), is the daughter of Martin Luther King who, like Parks, fought vehemently all his life for equal rights.
6The African-American boycott of Montgomery buses that followed Parks' arrest lasted for more than a year, forcing company officials to rescind their separatist seating policies. Parks' fine for not surrendering her bus seat to a white man: $14.00.
7After nationwide services and celebrations of Rosa Parks' life, she was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.
8Has an elementary school named after her in Lancaster, Texas; Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary School.
9Is the first woman and the second African-American to lie in repose at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C.
10Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, America's highest honor, in 1999.
11Is a honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
12Has an elementary school named after her in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Sandra Graham and Rosa Parks Alternative Public School.
13Inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1983 and the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.
14Arrested on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to yield her seat on a city bus to a white male. This action led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott that desegregated Montgomery buses.



Touched by an Angel1999TV SeriesRosa Parks



Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story2000DocumentaryHerself
1993 Essence Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
A Place of Rage1991DocumentaryHerself
21st NAACP Image Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
To Tell the Truth1980TV SeriesHerself - Contestant (1980)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Democracy Now!2013TV SeriesHerself
Barack Obama: A Change Has Come2012Video shortHerself (uncredited)
Numbers from a Montgomery Jail2007Documentary shortHerself
Michael Jackson: Number Ones2003Video documentaryHerself (segment "Man in the Mirror")
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks2002ShortHerself
The Rosa Parks Story2002TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
We Shall Not Be Moved2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Speeches of Malcolm X1997Video documentaryHerself - Leads March Into Montgomery Beside Abernathy
Eyes on the Prize1987TV Series documentaryHerself
In Remembrance of Martin1986DocumentaryHerself (rides bus) (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)

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1Each person must live their life as a model for others.
2I understand I am a symbol, but I have never gotten used to being a public person.

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