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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was an African American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress once called the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement".

Historical Facts

  • In 1955, Parks refused to obey bus driver’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.
  • She was secretary to the President of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP for 14 years.
  • After her death in 2005, Parks was the first woman and the first non-government official to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

When that driver…ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night.

Rosa Parks