10 things you probably didn't know about Rosa Parks


Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".

Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in both California and Ohio.



Rosa Parks was not the first African-American woman to be arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. Nine months before she was jailed, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was arrested for refusing to yield her seat to a white passenger.

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