Rosa Parks

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Throughout the African American civil rights movement opportunities were sought to spark a chance at improving conditions in the south. Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the Montgomery, Alabama bus was the fire to that spark. Rosa, standing up for herself something anyone person in today’s world would do, was arrested and put in jail. While Rosa was in jail she caught the eye of many people in the Civil Rights Movement, including the leaders. The Civil Rights leaders protested her arrest and hired lawyers to aid her in her trial. Although she was found guilty and was fined fourteen dollars for the cost of the court case, which lasted on thirty minutes, she wasn’t done yet. Rosa Parks has affected the society we live in today in many ways, she is the most influential person the black community has ever seen.

Rosa Parks, North American hero, or North American tragedy it depends on how you view her. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama on February 4, 1913, she was raised in an era during segregation which was normal and that black suppression was a normal way of life. Her mother worked as a school teacher at the school in Tuskegee. Rosa's father, James McCauley, worked as a carpenter. After her brother, Sylvester, was born, their dad had left them. He was cheated out on his land and couldn't support the family anymore. Her mom, brother and herself, then moved in with their grandparents. She finished High school in 1933, and continued her education at Alabama State College. She married in 1932 to a barber named Raymond Parks. She worked as an insurance salesperson, a clerk, and a tailor’s assistant in a department store. She also was employed as a seamstress by a white resident of Montgomery, who was a supporter of black Americans str...

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Rosa Parks continued to serve in the civil rights until she died on October 24, 2005. She died in Detroit, Michigan and was ninety-two years old. Rosa was a great symbol of the civil rights movement. She was a very respected woman, but some people still didn't like what she was doing. Rosa never let the disapproval of other get to her and kept fighting for what she wanted. She affected the society we live in today. Without the protests by Parks, which brought attention to segregation on buses, blacks might not have accomplished the desegregation on the buses. We still honor her for all the accomplishments she had made in everyone lives. Her courage to stand up for what she thinks is right, inspires many young people in this world today. Without her help and support, things today would be different.
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