Rosa Parks Research Paper

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Rosa Parks was born as Rosa Louise McCauley February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama, to the parents of James and Leona McCauley. At the age of 2 her parents moved in with her grandparents. Two years later her mother gave birth to her brother Sylvester and shortly after that her parents separated. Her mother was an educator (a Teacher). Her Family had a great respect for education. Later on around the age of 11, Rosa moved to Montgomery, Alabama, She attended High School there, a laboratory school at the Alabama State Teachers’ College for Negroes. Sadly when she reached the 11th grade, she had to leave to care for her sick grandmother. After her grandmother passing shortly after her mother got chronically ill. In 1932, things started to look…show more content…
"When I made that decision," she said later. ''I knew that I had the strength of my ancestors with me." Mrs.Parks Stated.She was arrested and condemn of violating the laws of segregation, known as "Jim Crow laws." The blacks of Montgomery would strike the buses on the day of Parks’ trial, Monday, December 5. Mrs. Parks appealed her judgment and thereby formally challenged the legality of segregation.On December 5, Parks was found guilty of violating segregation laws, given a suspended sentence and fined $10 plus $4 in court costs.In cities across the South, segregated bus companies were daily reminders of the injustice of American society. Since Blacks made up about 75 percent of the riders in Montgomery, the strike posed a serious financial threat to the company and a social threat to white rule in the city. A group specified as Montgomery Improvement Association, composed of local activists and ministers, formulated the strike. As their leader, they chose a young Baptist minister who was new to Montgomery: Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired by Mrs. Parks' action, the strike lasted 381 days, into December 1956 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the segregation law was illegitimate and the Montgomery buses were integrated. The Montgomery Bus Strike was the beginning of a subversive era of non-violent mass protests to support civil…show more content…
The law even gave bus drivers the right to carry guns to enforce their rules. Mrs. Parks' attorney Fred Gray remembered, "Virtually every African-American person in Montgomery had some negative experience with the buses. But we had no choice. We had to use the buses for transportation." Civil rights campaigner had outlawed Jim Crow in freeway train travel, and blacks in several Southern cities attacked the practice of separate bus systems. There had been a bus strike in Baton Rouge. Louisiana, in 1953, but black leaders negotiated before making real gains. Joann Robinson, a black university professor and activist in Montgomery, had suggested the idea of a bus strike months before the Parks

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