At age fourteen Dorothea was sent to live with her Great Aunt Sarah for a while and actually stayed for four years. It was with these relatives when she met Edward Bangs, her fourteen years older, second cousin, who soon fell in love with her. Edward was the one who suggested Dorothea start “a little dame school” a school for young girls to be taught in private by a young woman, at this time girls were not permitted to attend public school.
Where did all this began? Rosa Louis McCauley was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4 , 1913. When Rosa was just a two years old, her father moved out, leaving her Mother and little brother, Sylvester to take of themselves. The small, split family then moved in with Rosa Grandparents, who had become ill. Rosa took care of the house cleaning, cooking, sewing, and the shopping, while her mom watched over her grandparents. This is just one example of the many obstacles Rosa faced as a young child.
There is all that life that has happened outside of me, beyond me. (Olsen, 1953-54, p. 814) In a time when most mothers typically stayed home to raise their children, the narrator had to look for work when her husband left their family. With no other daycare options available, the narrator leaves eight-month-old Emily in the care of a neighbor who neglects her. She was a miracle to me, but when she was eight months old I had to leave her daytime with ... ... middle of paper ... ...suaded to send Emily away to live in a convalescent home so that she could get better, and it would free Emily’s mom to care for the new baby. When Emily was released from the convalescent home eight months later, the narrator desired a connection with Emily, “I used to try to hold and love her after she came back, but her body would stay stiff, and after a while she’d push away” (Olsen, 1953-54, p. 817).
In 1929, she left school to care for her sick grandmother and mother. Rosa had not finished high school, as she was only in the eleventh grade at the time she quit school. Instead of returning to her studies, she got a job at a shirt factory in Montgomery. In 1932, at the age of nineteen, she met and married Raymond Parks; and a year later, with the support of her husband, Rosa earned her high school degree. In 1943, she joined the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP, serving as the chapter’s youth leader as well as secretary to NAACP president E.D.
Her mother Gladys Baker was mentally ill, so she had to put Monroe in foster care. She lived in a foster home until she was seven years old. She had two other siblings from her mother’s first marriage. She never met them because her mom’s first husband took them to live with him in Kentucky. Monroe went to live with her mom’s good friend.
When the girl’s mother went away for a couple of weeks, the daughter wanted to stay with her aunt pearl so she would not have to stay with her father. The father said no unless aunt pearl asked her if she wanted to stay with her. Of course aunt pearl did not ask her but she went anyway. When her father found out what happened, he beat her bad enough to leave welts and bruises for months. The only time that the daughter and the father bonded was when the father would play some music on his old piano and she would come and sing for him.
Rosa’s grandparents were by the way, former slaves. Rosa was homeschooled until she turned 11 years old. After that she was then sent to public school , she went to the Industrial School for Girls in Montgomery. Unfortunately Rosa’s grandmother became very ill and Rosa was forced to drop out and care for her sick grandmother. On the bright side, she later went back to school and got her education back on track.
Rosa didn’t attend a public school until she turned eleven. Before that, she was homeschooled by her mother Leona who was a teacher. At the age eleven she attended the Industrial school for girls in Montgomery, in school rosa parks took various vocational and academic courses. Later on she began laboratory school for her secondary education, but eventually she never completed her school year because she had to drop out of school to take care of her ailing grandmother. During the rest of her childhood she was greatly influenced by the “Jim Crow Laws”, which separated the whites and the blacks in most part of their daily lives, meaning that these two groups of people couldn’t drink from the same water fountains, use the same public bathrooms or use the same transportation.
Many African Americans would have listened to the white driver and moved, but Rosa had a lot of guts and heart to stand up for herself because she truly wanted this violence to end and never have blacks suffered again. Rosa Parks will always live in people’s heart and she will never be forgotten. Works Cited Bredhoff, Stacey, Wynell Schamel, and Lee Ann Potter. "The Arrest Records of Rosa Parks." Social Education 63, 4 (May/June 1999): 207-211.
At eleven, Rosa moved to Montgomery with her aunt, where she started going to a private school. Her childhood brought her early experiences with racial discrimination and activism for racial equality. After a few years at that school, Rosa transferred to Booker T. Washington High School, but had to drop out to help her ill mother. In 1932 Rosa got married to a man by the name of Raymond Parks and she had a delighted life until he died in 1977. During this time of her life, she worked as a seamstress in a Montgomery clothing store.