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Oct 24 2019 - 01:59 PM
Today in History: Remembering Rosa Parks

On October 24th, 2005 American activist Rosa Parks (born February 4, 1913) passed away in Detroit, Michigan. Known as the "first lady of civil rights" or "the mother of the freedom movement", Rosa Parks was the grand daughter of former slaves. Tired of "giving in," she played a pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a white man -- an act that sparked nation-wide attention to the injustices of racial discrimination. Parks was arrested on December 1st, 1955, but her bravery launched efforts across the country to end racial segregation and promote equality of African-Americans. After suffering years of continuing harassment and threats, she moved with her husband to Detroit where she became an administrative aide to Congressman John Conyers, Jr.. There she co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development for youth. When Parks died at the age of 92, she became the first woman to lie in state at the United States Capitol.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.


  • Reynolds, Aaron. Back of the Bus. New York: Philomel Books, c2009. JUV PZ7.R33213 Bac 2009


  • Rosa Parks, Wikimedia Commons
  • Special Slide Courtesy of EdLab Studios


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