Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born to Leona Edwards and James McCauley. Leona taught in the schools and James build houses. Rosa was named after her Grandmother Rose Edwards. She was born on February 4th, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama and died on October 24th, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan because of progressive dementia. Which she was diagnosed with in 2004. She married Raymond Parks in 1932 and they decided to not have any kids. She had a younger brother named Sylvester, who was named after her Grandfather Sylvester Edwards. When Rosa was two years old her family moved to Pine level, Alabama shortly before her parents separated. In Pine level, Rosa lived on a farm with her mother, her brother Sylvester and her Grandparents who were both former slaves.
Rosa Parks was a very courageous woman. She was determined to stop segregation and that is what she did with the help of some friends. Here are some of Rosa's famous quotes.
- “At the time I was arrested I had no idea that it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of people joined in."
- "I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people."