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Famed civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus Montgomery, Alabama, spurred on a citywide boycott and helped launch nationwide efforts to end segregation of public facilities.

Taught to read by her mother at a young age, Rosa went on to attend a segregated, one-room school in Pine Level, Alabama, that often lacked adequate school supplies such as desks. African-American students were forced to walk to the 1st- through 6th-grade schoolhouse, while the city of Pine Level provided bus transportation as well as a new school building for white students.

In 1932, at age 19, Rosa met and married Raymond Parks, a barber and an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. With Raymond’s support, Rosa earned her high school degree in 1933. She soon became actively involved in civil rights issues by joining the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP in 1943, serving as the chapter’s youth leader as well as secretary to NAACP President E.D. Nixon—a post she held until 1957.

Rosa Parks:The Story In Pictures was originally published on elev8.com

1. Rosa Parks Arrest Photo

Rosa Parks Arrest Photo

2. The Seat that Changed the Country.

The Seat that Changed the Country.

3. 1957

1957

4. Rosa Parks on the Bus

Rosa Parks on the Bus

5. Rosa At Work.

Rosa At Work.

6. Marching To Montgomery

Marching To Montgomery

7. The Bus

The Bus

8. The Bus

The Bus

9. Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

10. Rosa & The Portrait Of Time

Rosa & The Portrait Of Time

11. Rosa Parks receives an honor.

Rosa Parks receives an honor.

12. Rosa Parks and Hillary Clinton

Rosa Parks and Hillary Clinton

13. Rosa Parks and Bill Clinton

Rosa Parks and Bill Clinton

14. Morgan Freeman and Rosa Parks

Morgan Freeman and Rosa Parks

15. Rosa Parks The Speaker

Rosa Parks The Speaker

16. Rosa Parks The Fighter

Rosa Parks The Fighter

17. Mother of The Civil Rights Movement

Mother of The Civil Rights Movement

18. Rosa Parks becomes part of history

Rosa Parks becomes part of history

19. Rosa Continued the Fight

Rosa Continued the Fight

20. Rosa Parks Attending Anniversary

Rosa Parks Attending Anniversary

21. Rosa Parks Laying In State

Rosa Parks Laying In State

22. Rosa Parks Last Act

Rosa Parks Last Act

23. Rosa Parks In State in Capitol Building

Rosa Parks In State in Capitol Building

24. Rosa’s Nephew Looks On

Rosa’s Nephew Looks On
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