How Did Rosa Parks Contribute To The Civil Rights Movement

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Cultural Studies: African American history: Rosa Parks For many centuries the African American people had been forced to suffer barbaric suffering and gross inhumanities by the hands of their white leaders based on the colour of their skin. Many were brought to America as slaves and forced to work on plantations under terrible conditions. The punishments for resisting this treatment would involve brutal whippings and many times this behaviour would result in death. Few African Americans spoke up against this treatment especially in the 19th century as they had no rights at all and were consider inferior beings. However some men and women did stand up against this treatment and fought for their civil rights and for this they are preserved in history for their bravery. One of these people was Rosa Parks who many historians believed sparked the modern civil rights movement in America in December 1955. She unintentionally became an inspiration to thousands of African American citizens with her simple act of defiance on a bus one a cold, wet night on December 1st 1955. In this essay I am going to explore the life of Rosa Parks and how it led up to that night in December when she finally said enough was enough. Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama in February 1913. When she was 2 her parents…show more content…
However in 1980 she rededicated herself to raising funds for civil rights and educational organisations. She co-founded the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation for high school students who wished to attend college. In 1987 she also co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development which runs bus tours to introduce teenagers to civil rights and Underground railroad sites across America. Although her health began to fail her as she was in her seventies, Parks continued to make many public appearances to tell her story and of the civil rights
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