You're wearing clothes from a whites-only store.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on February 4th, 1913. Her mother was a teacher and her father was a carpenter. She had a little brother named Sylvester. Rosa was little when her parents separated. She and her brother moved to Montgomery, Alabama with their mother.
Rosa loved learning and was smart. She worked hard in high school. Sadly, she had to drop out of high school at age 16 because she had to go and take care of her passing grandmother. And worse, shortly after, her ill mother died too. When she was 19, Rosa got married to a barber named Raymond Parks. He persuaded her to go back to high school and finish to get her diploma. So, she did that and finished and became a seamstress.
I wish I could get a better job than a janitor.
African American life for people like Rosa was hard. During this time, the Southern US lived under the ‘Jim Crow laws’- a group of laws that were made known in the late 19th century that said to give african Americans “separate but equal” treatment. But there really was no ‘equality’ at all.
Thats not right. Everyone is equal no matter the race, religion, or gender.
We refuse service to colored people.
African Americans and whites were made sure to lead very separate lives. With other things, blacks had different schools, churches, libraries, restaurants, water fountains, bathrooms, and waiting rooms. In some places, there were even laws that banned them from going to sports events and working in the same office.
African Americans had less rights, also. Racist laws called “Black Codes” kept them at lower-payed jobs and made it extremely hard for them to vote. This meat they could get arrested for the little things, too.
When Rosa was faced with this racism, she decided to stand up for what was right. She and her husband joined the NAACP, which worked for an end to racism.