Rosa Parks

Civil Rights Leader

Early Life

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Rosa Park's childhood brought her early experiences with racial discrimination and activism for racial equality. After her parents separated, Rosa's mother moved the family to Pine Level, Alabama to live with her parents.


Rosa went on to attend a segregated, one-room school in Pine Level, Alabama, that often lacked adequate school supplies such as desks. African- American students were forced to walk to the 1st through 6th grade school house, while the city of Pine Level provided bus transportation as well as new school building for white students.


Rosa Parks received many accolades during her lifetime, including the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest award, and the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr Award. On September 9, 1996, President Bill Clinton award Parks the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the following year, she was award the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1999 Time Magazine named RP on it's list of " The 20 most influential People of the 20th century".

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