The Lord of Discipline
Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her parents separated when she was young and she moved with her mother to live in Montgomery, Alabama where sh lived on a farm with her grandparent, mother, and younger brother. Her early life was defined by the Segregation, Jim Crow laws, and prevalent racism in the South. In 1932 she married a barber who was a member of the NAACP, and in 1943 she joined the NAACP and became an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement. Rosa became a nationwide symbol for the Civil Rights Movement in 1955 when a bus she was riding on filled up and she was ordered to vacate her seat for a white passenger. She was arrested for this act of defiance, but the African-American community was inspired. Her actions prompted the Montgomery Bus Boycott, when African Americans boycotted the buses until they would be allowed to work as bus drivers and allowed to keep their seats on a first-come basis. Rosa had unintentionally become an icon for the Civil Rights Movement gaining the nicknames "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement". She moved to Detroit in 1965 where she worked as a receptionist and secretary in the Congressional Office of Representative John Conyers until she retired in 1988. Rosa lived in Detroit until she died of natural causes in 2005 at the age of 92. Rosa was an inspiration for those struggling for equality in America. Her strong-will and defiance continue to inspire people everywhere to have the courage to stand up for what is right.
Memorable Quote:
“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.”

Rosa Parks (1913-2005)

Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her parents separated when she was young and she moved with her mother to live in Montgomery, Alabama where sh lived on a farm with her grandparent, mother, and younger brother. Her early life was defined by the Segregation, Jim Crow laws, and prevalent racism in the South. In 1932 she married a barber who was a member of the NAACP, and in 1943 she joined the NAACP and became an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement. Rosa became a nationwide symbol for the Civil Rights Movement in 1955 when a bus she was riding on filled up and she was ordered to vacate her seat for a white passenger. She was arrested for this act of defiance, but the African-American community was inspired. Her actions prompted the Montgomery Bus Boycott, when African Americans boycotted the buses until they would be allowed to work as bus drivers and allowed to keep their seats on a first-come basis. Rosa had unintentionally become an icon for the Civil Rights Movement gaining the nicknames "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement". She moved to Detroit in 1965 where she worked as a receptionist and secretary in the Congressional Office of Representative John Conyers until she retired in 1988. Rosa lived in Detroit until she died of natural causes in 2005 at the age of 92. Rosa was an inspiration for those struggling for equality in America. Her strong-will and defiance continue to inspire people everywhere to have the courage to stand up for what is right.

Memorable Quote:

I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.”


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