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    Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist ... February 4 *Rosa Parks was born on this date in 1913. She is an American Civil Rights Activist. Rosa McCauley grew up in
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 4, 2007

      Rosa Parks,
      Civil Rights Activist ...

       

       

       

      Rosa Parks

      February 4

      *Rosa Parks was born on this date in 1913.

      She is an American Civil Rights Activist.

      Rosa McCauley grew up in
      Montgomery, Alabama and attended
      the HIBMCU color
      , Alabama State College.

      Rosa and her husband
      Raymond Parks were active in
      Montgomery's chapter of the NAACP.

      She worked as the chapter's youth adviser;
      on voter registration drives and was secretary
      of the NAACP�s Montgomery branch in 1943.

      As the 1950�s began, the segregated seating
      policies on public buses were growing as a
      source of resentment and bitterness within the
      African-American community in Montgomery.

      African-Americans were required to pay
      their fares at the front of the bus, and
      then board again through the back door.

      The White bus drivers would harass
      African-Americans, sometimes driving away
      before they were able to get back on the bus.

      On December 1, 1955, Parks took her
      seat in the front of the "Colored section".

      When the driver asked Parks and three other
      African-Americans riders to give up their seats
      to whites, Parks refused and was arrested; she
      soon agreed to let the NAACP provide legal council.

      Rosa Parks' case was filed in United States
      District Court, which ruled in her favor, declaring
      segregated seating on buses unconstitutional,
      a decision later upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

      Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was more than an
      inadvertent symbol; she was an experienced activist
      with strong beliefs. whose arrest for refusing to give
      up her seat on a bus set in motion the turning point
      in the African-American battle for Civil Rights.

      Parks and her husband relocated to Detroit
      in 1957, where in time, Congressman John
      Conyers hired her as an administrative
      assistant, a position she held until 1987.

      Rosa Parks, a committed activist died on October 24, 2005.

      On October 30th, and 31st of that year,
      she became the first woman to lie in honor in
      the vast circular room under the Capitol dome.

      By voice vote the House agreed to the action
      "so that the citizens of the United States may
      pay their last respects to this great American".

       

       

      Best Regards,

      Lynne

       

      Related Link:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/991


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