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Rosa Parks

            Rosa Parks was born in 1913 in Tuskagee, Alabama.
             her husband both worked with National Association for the Advancement.
             of Colored People (NAACP). Rosa worked many different jobs; such as a.
             housekeeper, insurance saleswoman and seamstress.
             On December 1, 1955 she got onto a bus and sat in one of the.
             seats in the front. The bus driver ordered her to move to the back, where.
             the “black people” were supposed to sit. She refused to move. According.
             to the segregation laws, white passengers were given the seats in the.
             front of the bus. Even if there were no white borders, the African .
             Americans still had to sit in the back. If the bus was filled they would.
             have to give up their seat. This was unfair, especially since everyone paid.
             the same amount to use the bus. When Parks refused to get up, she was.
             arrested and fined. Rosa let the NAACP fight her case in court. They.
             argued that segregated seats deprived Rosa of her constitutional rights. .
             At the same time, leaders asked Montgomery’s African Americans to.
             boycott, or not ride, the city buses. The buses were empty. Because of all.
             this going on, Rosa lost her job. After 382 days, the boycott ended when.
             the Supreme Court agreed that segregated seats was unconstitutional. .
             The idea of peaceful resistance to segregation rapidly spread.
             throughout the South. Through her brave act, Parks helped launch the.
             modern civil rights movement. Rosa did not want to be a hero, she just.
             quietly wanted to stand up for her rights. The success of this boycott led.
             to mass protests demanding civil rights for blacks. .
             Rosa Parks received many numerous awards. In 1998 Parks was.
             recognized with the first International Freedom Conductor Award. In 1999.
             President Clinton awarded her with the Congressional Gold Medal, the.
             nation’s highest civilian honor. She continued to participate in speech.
             making and participated in the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.
             She is still alive today.