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Rosa Parks

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Rosa McCauly Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1913 and grew up on a small farm.

  When her mother had saved enough money to pay for it, Rosa had began to attend a private school when

she was 11 years old.   But, while she was attending high school, her mother had become ill so she had to

quit.   After quitting high school, she got a job as a house servant and began sending money back to her

family.   When she married Raymond Parks, she returned to high school and graduated.

  In 1943 she joined the NAACP and worked to ensure voting rights for blacks.

  One evening shortly after 5:00 PM on Thursday, December 1, 1955 while coming home from work, she

boarded a bus and sat down.   According to Montgomery law, blacks had to sit in the back of the bus, and

give up their seats to whites when they came on the bus.   When she was asked to give up her seat, she

refused.   Immediately, the driver stopped the bus and called two policemen.   Mrs. Parks was arrested and

taken to jail.

  Edgar Daniel Nixon, head of the NAACP in Montgomery, posted a $100 bond to get her released.  

Although Mrs. Parks was not the first black person to get arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the

bus, Mr. Nixon decided that she wouldn't be the last.   He called a meeting of black leaders to see what

action they should take.

  By the end of the meeting, the leaders agreed to call a one-day boycott of all the city buses for Monday


  On Monday, the buses began their run through the black neighborhood and came back empty.   The

boycott was a sucess.   They set up the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and named Martin

Luther King Jr., it's leader.  

  Rosa Parks went to court and was charged with violating a 1947 segregation law.   She was found guilty

and fined $10 plus $4 in court costs.  

  The Ku Klux Klan and the...


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