Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in California and Missouri (February 4), and Ohio and Oregon (December 1). On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps, including Bayard Rustin in 1942, Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1952, and the members of the ultimately successful Browder v. Gayle lawsuit (Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, Su... More
Rosa Parks Quotes
Rosa Parks #Equality
Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.
Rosa Parks #Fear
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Rosa Parks #Life
Each person must live their life as a model for others.
Rosa Parks #Home
All I was doing was trying to get home from work.
Rosa Parks #Alone
Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.