Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was born on February 4, 1913. Her mother’s name was Leona. Her father name is James. She lived on her grandparent’s farm. She had a brother named Sylvester.

When she was young blacks and whites were separated. Her mother taught her to read. She got married to Raymond Parks. They got married in December 1932. In the 1940's, Rosa joined the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Color People. Blacks were not allowed to sit when the whites were standing on the buses.

One day when she was on a bus she was too tired to give up her seat. So she was arrested for disobeying the law. Many blacks did not like that she got arrested. So they had a bus boycott. That means the blacks did not ride the buses at all.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped with the boycott. This boycott started the blacks to fight for their rights.

The work that Rosa Parks did helped end segregation. She worked in the United States House of Representatives. Her husband died in 1977. She also started the Institute for Self-Development. She is also called the Mother of Civil Rights. I think what she did was good for African Americans.

1999, by Dequan, third grade 

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