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Transcript of Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks was a very remarkable woman.
She overcame obstacles and helped break a color barrier. She was sent to jail for standing up for herself. She started a bus boycott, and was honored by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Her parents were James and Leona Mcauley. James Mcauley was a carpenter, and wasn’t at home very much because he was building houses.Rosa had a younger brother, Sylvester Mcauley, who died of cancer in 1997.
By: Ella P.
October 25, 2013
Amazing Women Biography
Rosa went to school at a small school for blacks in Tuskegee, Alabama and also Pine Level, Alabama. When she was 11, she went to an all black school in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa quit high school when she was 16. After she was married to Raymond Parks in 1932, she decided that she wanted to go back to school. She went to Alabama State College and got her high school diploma, instead of her college degree.
Stuggles and Obstacles/Remarkable Facts
Rosa Parks had many struggles and obstacles, but also many remarkable facts. On December 1, 1955, Rosa was riding the bus home from work. A white man boarded the bus, and the bus driver asked Rosa to get up so the white man could have her seat. She said no. The bus driver said if she didn’t get up, he would call the police. She refused to get up, and the bus driver called the police. She was taken into custody and she had to give her finger
to the police. She was proven guilty on December 5, 1955. Her fine was fourteen
Some of the lawyers wanted to take the case to supreme court. E.D. Nixon and Rosa worked together to start a bus boycott. A few days after Rosa’s court date, she and E.D. Nixon met with the rest of the NAACP, and they planned the boycott. Almost no colored people rode the buses, and that made the bus companies lose a lot of money. Rosa Parks was one of the only black people who was brave enough to register to vote in 1943, but her request was denied . Rosa met with Martin Luther King, Jr. White people were beginning to threaten her and her family. She witnessed white people killing black people. When the bus boycott was going on, Rosa was fired from her job. She could not find work anywhere.
Rosa and a police officer getting her fingerprints taken.
Later in Rosa Parks’ life she decided she was done living in Montgomery. She, her mother, and husband left Montgomery for Virginia. After staying there for a few months, she left Virginia for Detroit, Michigan in 1957. She was later honored at the March on Washington, in 1963 by Martin Luther King Jr. After the march, Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill saying anything racial is outlawed. Later in 1965, the law is passed that African-Americans can vote. She wrote three books (‘Rosa Parks: My Story”, “I am Rosa Parks”, and “Dear Mrs. Parks” a story made up of notes she received from people she inspired). Rosa died in 2005, and December 1 or February 4, the day she was arrested or her birthday, is dated as Rosa Parks Day. There are many memorials dedicated to her. One of the famous ones is in Montgomery.
If I could interview Rosa Parks today, I would ask three questions. The first question I would ask is why she didn’t finish school. She probably would have said she didn’t need an education, she needed to help her family. The second question I would ask is why didn’t she give up her seat on the bus. I am guessing she would have answered it by saying she was through with being treated like she wasn’t important. The third question I would have asked is why did she keep fighting for African-Americans, when she could have given up and given into the threats. She might have said something like because I knew that it was the right thing to do, and I could not watch African-Americans be treated terribly and just not say anything. Those are the questions I would have asked, and the responses I am guessing she might have said.
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Rosa Parks in her later life.
Throughout Rosa Parks’ life she did many great things and inspired a lot of people. She refused to be pushed around by anyone. Rosa Parks let no one stand in her way. She refused to get up from her seat on the bus when she was asked to by the bus driver. She wasn’t going to let anyone push her around. She went to jail, but she knew it was worth it. She had trouble finding a job, because she was a woman. She graduated high school when she was sixteen. She went back to college after she was married. She witnessed blacks being threatened and killed throughout her life, and then moved to Michigan in 1957. She was honored at March On Washington by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. She later died in 2005. I am very glad I researched her. She inspired a lot of people. Rosa Parks is an amazing woman.
Rosa Mcauley was born on February 4, 1913. She was diagnosed with chronic tonsillitis when she was young, and it plagued her throughout her childhood. Rosa would get in a lot of fights with white children. She would always get mad because she was standing up for herself. Her mother and grandmother got sick when she was 16, and she to help get money by working part time at a farm, working with other black people, and she remarked later she felt like a slave.
Rosa Parks on the bus.
Rosa Parks, age 79