Rosa Parks
Updated: 4/8/2021
Rosa Parks

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  • My name is Rosa Parks, and I'd like to introduce myself. I was born on Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4, 1913. As a child, I was exposed to racial discrimination. In Alabama, I attended Pine Level Primary School. "White children were sent to school by school buses, while black students walked to school." I have two siblings, the eldest of which is me!
  • Because of my grandmother's illness, I had to drop out of Alabama State Teachers College. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete my education. I had no intention of returning, so I wanted to look for jobs elsewhere.
  • I apologize for the horrible news but it's best for you to go home and take care of your grandmother.
  • I married Raymond Parks when I was 19 years old. He was a member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) ( National Association for the advancement of coloured people). Raymond Parks was my greatest supporter; he backed me up with everything I tried to do, which led to me graduating high school and receiving my diploma.
  • Excuse me ma'am but you'll have to leave and come back from the back door! Right now.
  • No, I am already here! So there's no point.
  • In the early 1900s, black people were not only prohibited from riding in the front of a bus, but they were also required to give up their seat to white passengers. Rosa Parks was ordered to get off the bus and come by the back door in 1943, and she reluctantly did so, stating that she would never take the bus again if the driver was the same.
  • No! I don't think I should have to move to the back
  • Stuff got complicated when I was driving home after a hard day at work. On December 1, 1955, I refused to give up my bus seat to a white man. In Montgomery, all public buses were required to be segregated, and bus drivers were given the "freedom of a city police officer." If there were no white people on the bus, a black person could sit in the middle.
  • Excuse me ma'am but you need to sit in the back. Immediately!
  • The police were called after the driver reported her, and she was arrested. Rosa Park, who opposed segregation in the south, was asked again but refused. This was a huge part of the bus boycott
  • Rosa Parks was tossed off the bus, seized, and fined after being found guilty. She was the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott at the time.