Born February 4th, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama, Rosa Parks grew up in a black home and community. From a young age Rosa was aware of racism in the world, but she didn't understand why it existed. At the age of eleven she was enrolled in a school, but shortly after she had to stop going, so that she could stay home and take care of her mother and grandmother. Later in her life, after she got married, she and her husband, Raymond Parks, joined a group called the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. This made Mrs. Parks more involved with the Civil Rights movement. One day after coming home from a hard days' work, she sat on a bus, which very quickly became full. She was asked twice to move to the back and to give her seat to a white person,which was the law at the time. She quietly refused. Rosa was soon arrested and fined for breaking the law. Parks's action and her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a significant event in the Civil Rights Movement. From that moment of not moving to the back bus, she was given the name of “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement.” As Rosa Parks got older she received many awards for her courageous act. Mrs. Parks passed away October 24, 2005, at the age of 92.
"You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right."
- Rosa Parks