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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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1 Inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004.
2 Suffered from dementia and other health problems, lived with a caretaker in the Riverfront Apartments in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
3 Pictured on a USA nondenominated ('forever') commemorative stamp, issued 4 February 2013, the 100th anniversary of her birth. Price on day of issue was 46¢.
4 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 413-415. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
5 Coincidentally, 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.
6 The 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.
7 After nationwide services and celebrations of Rosa Parks' life, she was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.
8 Has an elementary school named after her in Lancaster, Texas; Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary School.
9 Is the first woman and the second African-American to lie in repose at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C.
10 Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, America's highest honor, in 1999.
11 Is a honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
12 Has an elementary school named after her in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Sandra Graham and Rosa Parks Alternative Public School.
13 Inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1983 and the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.
14 Arrested 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 Angel 1999 TV Series Rosa Parks



Intimate Portrait 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story 2000 Documentary Herself
1993 Essence Awards 1993 TV Special Herself - Honoree
A Place of Rage 1991 Documentary Herself
21st NAACP Image Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Presenter
To Tell the Truth 1980 TV Series Herself - Contestant (1980)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Democracy Now! 2013 TV Series Herself
Barack Obama: A Change Has Come 2012 Video short Herself (uncredited)
Numbers from a Montgomery Jail 2007 Documentary short Herself
Michael Jackson: Number Ones 2003 Video documentary Herself (segment "Man in the Mirror")
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks 2002 Short Herself
The Rosa Parks Story 2002 TV Movie Herself (uncredited)
We Shall Not Be Moved 2001 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Speeches of Malcolm X 1997 Video documentary Herself - Leads March Into Montgomery Beside Abernathy
Eyes on the Prize 1987 TV Series documentary Herself
In Remembrance of Martin 1986 Documentary Herself (rides bus) (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)

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

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