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Happy birthday, Rosa Parks

02/03/2014 13:34

Rosa Parks

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in the U.S. states of California and Ohio. On that day in December 1, Rosa Parks was sitting in the front row of the "Colored" section of the bus after a long day of work. But when all the white seats were taken, the bus driver demanded she and the other black passengers get up and move further back. She refused as she had enough of being treated less than a human. She was arrested and fined. This led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott organized by Edgar Nixon and led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The rest is history.