Essay on Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks

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Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. At the age of two she moved to her grandparents' farm in Pine Level, Alabama with her mother and younger brother, Sylvester. At the age of 11 she enrolled in the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls, a private school founded by liberal-minded women from the northern United States. The school's philosophy of self-worth was consistent with Leona McCauley's advice to "take advantage of the opportunities, no matter how few they were." Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus spurred a city-wide boycott. The city of Montgomery had no choice but to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses. Rosa Parks …show more content…
Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. At the age of two she moved to her grandparents' farm in Pine Level, Alabama with her mother and younger brother, Sylvester. At the age of 11 she enrolled in the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls, a private school founded by liberal-minded women from the northern United States. The school's philosophy of self-worth was consistent with Leona McCauley's advice to "take advantage of the opportunities, no matter how few they were." Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus spurred a city-wide boycott. The city of Montgomery had no choice but to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses. Rosa Parks received many accolades during her lifetime, including the NAACP's highest award. Despite all of the discriminating interrogations against African Americans, Rosa Parks was one to be known for her positive attitude. One of the ways she kept her mood up was music. After long days working as a seamstress in a factory, Rosa would often go to a café around the block to listen to music. In particular she liked to listen to jazz, and when she went to her Methodist Episcopal church she enjoyed the gospel music. Due to Rosa’s long and strenuous work hours, she always tried to find time for writing. Often times she would only write journal entry’s about her daily life happenings, but in 1992 she self-published her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story.