Rosa Parks dies

Civic rights activist Rosa Parks passed away, at age 92. A cultural icon, living history, Rosa Parks was one of the few women who could truly say “look at what I did.” She will be missed. Let’s not forget what she tried to do.

Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks dead at 92
— reported by KHOU CBS Channel 112

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Ala, a black woman refused to relinquish her seat on a city bus so a white man could sit there.

Rosa Lee Parks, the quiet, gentle woman who made the gesture during a time of blatant discrimnation, died Monday at the age of 92.

In 1955, Jim Crow laws in place since the post-Civil War Reconstruction required separation of the races in buses, restaurants and public accommodations throughout the South, while legally sanctioned racial discrimination kept blacks out of many jobs and neighborhoods in the North.


1913 ROSA PARKS 2005
‘Mother of the civil rights movement’

— reported by the Houston Chronicle1

Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, died Monday. She was 92.


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