Rosa Park's Biography

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Aura L. Guir College Prep. June 16, 2010 The biography of Rosa Louise Parks Rosa was born on February 4th, 1913, in Tuskegee Alabama, she was the oldest of the two children her parents had. Rosa was brought up by her parents James and Leonna McCauely, her father was a carpenter and her mother was a teacher. At the age of two Rosa, her younger brother Sylvester and her mother moved to her grandparent’s farm in Pine Level, Alabama. At the age of 11 she was enrolled at the Montgomery Industrial School for girls once graduated, she went on to Alabama State Teacher's College High School. She, however, was unable to graduate with her class, because of the illness of her grandmother Rose Edwards and later her death. After this Rosa once again tries to return to Alabama State Teacher's College, which she did but then her mother also became ill, she then had to care for her mother and also their home. What made Rosa’s life special and also famous was her courageous act of activism. On December 1st, 1955, Rosa was asked to give her seat to a white man, she was extremely tired but she also knew that she had paid the bus fair just like everyone else and felt that she had the right to remain seated therefore, refused to grant her seat to the white man, reason why she then was arrested. Mrs. Parks had an affect in many people and the world. She became and international icon of resistance to racial segregation and she also organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including boycott leader Martin Luther King, Jr. helping to launch him to national prominence in the civil rights movement. She inspired Dr. King Jr. to form the Montgomery Improvement Association. Rosa’s personality can be described as a courageous, bold, brave, optimistic, devoted, faithful, steadfast, strongwilled and determined woman, her many qualities made her be who she was a

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