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Who is Rosa Parks?

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Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist.  Although she was active in civil rights for many years, she is most famous for her role in the starting of the Civil Rights Movement.  She was the person who was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.  This set off the Montgomery Bus Boycott which in turn helped bring about the Civil Rights Movement.  At the time of the boycott, Parks had already been active in the civil rights establishment in Montgomery, serving as the Secretary of the local NAACP chapter.  Parks had a high school education and worked at various jobs during her working life.  She was married but had no children.  She died in 2005 at the age of 92.

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  1. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement".
  • Born: February 4, 1913, Tuskegee Died: October 24, 2005, Detroit Full name: Rosa Louise McCauley Parks Spouse: Raymond Parks (m. 1932–1977) Education: Alabama State University, Highlander Research and Education Center

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