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Rosa Parks

by Taylor from Freeport

Never give up from what you believe
Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was born as Rosa Louise McCauley. Her parents were Leona and James McCauley. She was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4, 1913. Her mom was a teacher and her dad was a carpenter. She was the oldest out of two kids and she had one brother named Sylvester. Her dad left when she was two years of age, and she moved to Pine Level, Alabama. She didn't go to school a lot because she stayed with her sick grandmother. She got her tonsils out when she was 12 years old. She married Raymond Parks at of 19. Rosa called Raymond by his last name Parks. Most of her life is church she loved going to church and she loved singing.

Parks always believed in education and encouraged her to go back to high school and she finished. Parks (Raymond) was a member of the NAACP and he encouraged her to be a member too. So in 1943, she became the secretary of the NAACP. All of the cases were basically on rape. In 1955, she refused to give her seat up to a white man and she got arrested. Parks got her out of jail and four days later a thing came in the mail and her fine was fourteen dollars - it was for ten dollars for refusing her seat and four dollars getting arrested.

Two years later she moved to Detriot, Michigan because people wanted to hurt her because other blacks stood up for themselves too. So Parks and her brother Sylvester decided that they should move to Detriot. In 1977, Parks died and that was a very sad year for Rosa. In 1987, she started the Raymond and Rosa Parks Institute with a friend named Elaine. In 1994, she got attacked by a young man in her own house. In 1999, she got the Medal of Honor.

Rosa Park's death was a big upset to many of any color and knew what did. Thank you Rosa Parks. You set me free to do many things and learn a lot about you. You said that many of any color, if they set their hearts on something, achieve it. Thank you very much.

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