“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” -Rosa Parks
Today would have marked Rosa Parks’ 107th birthday.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The United States Congress has called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.”
On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks rejected bus driver James F. Blake’s order to relinquish her seat in the “colored section” to a white passenger, after the whites-only section was filled. Parks’ prominence in the community and her willingness to become a controversial figure inspired the black community to boycott the Montgomery buses for over a year, the first major direct action campaign of the post-war civil rights movement.
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