Rosa Parks Facts

Rosa Park Facts
Rosa Parks was an activist in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, who became famous when on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, she refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. For more information on Rosa Parks, see the fact file below.
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Rosa Louise McCauley

Date of Birth
February 4, 1913

Date of Death
October 24, 2005

Place of Birth
Tuskegee, Alabama

Birth Family
James McCauley and Leona Edwards

Raymond Parks

no children

Montgomery Industrial School for Girls, al-African American Booker T. Washington High School and attended Alabama state College for a short time

Seamstress, Civil Rights Activist, Writer

Reason for Fame
Most historians date the beginning of the civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. On that day, Rosa Parks, refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. She was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere. Rosa Parks is called the Mother of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement

Additional Information
Rosa Parks received many awards and honors which included the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal. She was awarded two dozen honorary doctorates from universities world wide.