Rosa Louise McCauley Parks - 1913-2005

Rosa Parks

A Chronology of Rosa Parks' Life

  • 1913
    • Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4
  • 1934
    • Receives high school diploma
  • 1943
    • Becomes secretary of the Montgomery NAACP
    • Tries to register to vote and denied
    • Forced off bus for not entering at back door
  • 1945
    • Finally receives certificate for voting
  • 1949
    • Becomes advisor to NAACP Youth Council
  • 1955
    • Meets Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Refused to give-up her seat on the bus
  • 1963
    • Attends civil rights march on Washington
  • 1965
    • Begins working for Congressman John Conyers in Detroit
  • 1987
    • Cofounds the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development
  • 1991
    • Bust of Rosa Parks is unveiled at Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • 1996
    • Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 1999
    • Awarded Congressional Gold Medal
  • 2005
    • Rosa Parks died on October 24, 2005

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Rosa Parks