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Rosa Parks - Timeline
Originally posted 10/26/2005

1913: Rosa Louise McCauley is born February 4 in Tuskegee, Alabama.

1928: Rosa, then in ninth grade, drops out of Booker T. Washington High School when her mother becomes seriously ill. She later attends Alabama State Teachers College for Negroes.

1932: Marries Raymond Parks, a barber at age 19.

1934: Receives high school diploma.

1943: Twelve years before her historic stand, Parks is ejected from a bus for refusing to board from the back. She is brought on as a secretary at the NAACP in Montgomery, Alabama.

1945: After being denied the right to vote two previous times, Parks receives certificate to vote on her third attempt.

1955: The Civil Rights Movement begins in earnest when on December 1 Parks refuses to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. She is later found guilty of breaking segregation laws. The situation results in a 381-day bus boycott.

1957: Parks relocates her family to Detroit where she initially works as a seamstress.

1987: The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development is established. The institute, named after she and her husband offers mentoring and guidance to young African Americans.

1988: Parks retires from John Conyers' office, after working for him since 1965.

1992: “Rosa Parks My Story,” published by New York Dial Books represents Rosa’s first published work.

1994: After being robbed and assaulted in her own home, Parks moves to Riverfront Apartments. She makes peace with her assailant after his arrest and conviction.

1999: President Clinton awards Parks the highest American civilian award - the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.

2000: Across the corner where she had refused to give up her seat on the bus, the Rosa Parks Museum and Library opens in Montgomery, Alabama.

2005: On October 24, Rosa Parks dies at the age of 92.

-- Michigan Chronicle


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