Rosa Parks Fact Sheet: Who was Rosa Parks? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Rosa Parks.
Rosa Parks Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1913 - 2005 *** Full Name: Rosa Louise McCauley Parks *** Occupation: African-American Civil Rights Activist *** Date of Birth: Rosa Parks was born on February 4th 1913 *** Place of Birth: Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama USA *** Family background: Her father was James McCauley who made his living as a carpenter and her mother was Leona Edwards who had been a teacher *** Early life and childhood: She grew up with her younger brother Sylvester and after her parent’s separated, Rosa, Sylvester and her mother moved to Pine Level and lived on a farm with her maternal grandparents *** Education: Rosa Parks attended local schools as a small child, then the Industrial School for Girls in Montgomery and briefly attended the Alabama State Teachers College for Negroes before leaving to care for her relatives ***
Rosa Parks Fact 1: Rosa Parks
was born on February 4th 1913 and
during the 20th century period in
history when such things as cultural
homogenization through development
in transportation and communications
technology as well as world
population growth are all major
issues in this century.
Rosa Parks Fact 8: She would also be fortunate to work for Virginia and Clifford Durr, a white couple who were liberal minded politically and even though Rosa worked for them as they housekeeper and seamstress they nevertheless became friends.
Rosa Parks Fact 9: Montgomery had passed a city ordinance for the purpose of segregating passengers in buses by race in 1900. This meant that the conductor could, at his discretion move the colored section sign as he felt necessary at any time during a journey. Black people could only sit in the back of the bus and never directly opposite a white person. They paid their fair upon entering the bus but were not allowed to walk through to the back of the bus, they would have to exit and walk to the mid-section and re-enter the bus and take a seat or stand in the back. If the bus filled up with white people the black passengers could be forced to leave the bus, before their destination, to make room.
Rosa Parks Fact 10: On one
such occasion Rosa boarded a bus,
paid her fair and made her way to a
seat, the driver directed her to get
off the bus and enter at the rear.
She got off and waited for the next
bus, resolving never to ride with
the driver again. That incident took
place in 1943 and the driver was
James F. Blake.
Rosa Parks Fact 15: Unable to
get work in Montgomery, the family
moved to Hampton in Virginia but
were persuaded to move on to Detroit
where her brother and his family
lived. Detroit was attempting to
encourage a more progressive
reputation but once there she found
it still felt the same.
Rosa Parks Fact 17: This
decade would also prove a personally
difficult time for Rosa, her husband
contracted throat cancer and died in
August of 1977 and her only sibling,
her brother Sylvester also died of
cancer in November.
Rosa Parks Fact 20: Rosa
Louise Parks died on October 29th
2005 of natural causes in her home
in Detroit aged ninety two. Her body
laid to rest at the Woodlawn
Cemetery in Detroit.
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