Rosa Parks was born on February
4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. When her parents divorced, she moved
to Montgomery where she had to deal with segregation and laws she did not agree with.
Rosa was affected greatly by segregation
as a child; she despised being separated in everyday life. Although Rosa had to live with
these rules and segregation as she grew, she managed to develop a sense of equality among the races. In fact, her mother stated
about Rosa's beliefs, "...People should be judged
by the respect that they have for themselves and others."
As an adult, Rosa married a barber, Raymond
Parks. Rosa Parks was very active in the NAACP and the Montgomery Voters League. By her mid-life, Rosa
became even more involved in the pursuit of racial justice. She participated in boycotts against various facilities
As well as being absorbed in her fights for equality, Rosa had various jobs and extensive education. She attended Alabama
State University, and later
held jobs as a housekeeper, and seamstress. After the incident on the bus Rosa was continually
threatened and harassed; however, she would not give up her efforts towards equality.
Following her husband's death in 1977, Rosa
founded an institute in order to help black youths, The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development.
Throughout the end of her life, she received many awards and recognitions for her contributions. Rosa
died peacefully on October 24th, 2005 at the age of 92.