How Did Rosa Parks Contribute To The Civil Rights Movement

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Rosa Parks (1913-2005), a professional seamstress, was an African-American Civil Rights activist and icon of the cultural wars of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s in the United States of America. She was a member and noted organizer and strategist of the NAACP who worked on voter registration and issues related to racial discrimination. In particular, Parks is renowned for her involvement in the desegregation of Montgomery Alabama's public bus after refusing to relinquish her bus seat to a white passenger which led to her arrest, the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956), and garnered national attention. Soon afterwards, Parks became a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement whose treatment in Alabama transformed the issue of segregation into a national discussion on race relations and advanced the Civil Rights Movement. In addition, Parks' actions solidified the notion that local action could inspire a national movement and insight both social and political change. Rosa Louise Parks (née McCauley) was born on…show more content…
Though removed from the south, Parks participated in the March on Washington (1963) and other subsequent Civil Rights events. In 1964 Parks assisted in the first Congressional campaign for Detroit politician John Conyers (1929-, Congress 1965-) and later worked on his staff as an administrative assistant until 1988. In 1987 she established the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, an organization which promoted the improvement of youth in the nation. Throughout the 1990s, Parks gave public speeches and published Rosa Parks: My Story (1992) and Quiet Strength (1995) and has received the Spingam Medal (1979), the Martin Luther King Jr. Award (1980), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1996), and was later honoured with the Congressional Gold Medal

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