Rosa Parks can be referred to as the mother of the civil rights movement, because of her bravery and courage. This literature review examines the life of Rosa Parks and describes exactly why she received such an exceptional title. This paper also examines Rosa Parks' advocacy for the National Association for Advancement of Colored People and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. It will also inspect the impacts Rosa Parks had on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and other challenges for African Americans. .
The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.
A Review of the Literature.
One of the most influential and inspirational women of all time was Rosa Parks. By a single act of courage she helped change the lives of the African Americans and America as a whole. Rosa Parks caught the attention of America when she refused to settle for the black, lower class standards. Rosa Parks courage shocked the nation, "At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in" (Delphine 2012). Rosa Parks' bravery and passion for freedom helped promote the National Association for Advancement of Colored People and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Rosa Parks, through protest and a single act of bravery has become the mother of the civil rights movement, changing the segregation laws forever. .
Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on February 4, 1913 to James and Leona McCauley. Her father, James was a carpenter and stones man. Her mother, Leona was a schoolteacher (Greenhaw, 2007). Rosa Park's mother often read and stressed the importance learning to her. Most of Rosa Park's lower education came form her parents and maternal grandparents. By the time Rosa Parks was eleven, she was sent to Montgomery to attend Miss White's industrial school for girls. It had an all-black student body and an all-white teaching staff in the prestigious Centehnial Hill neighborhood which was where the cities most inspiring and influential African Americans lived (Delphine, 2012).