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Is Rosa Parks a Hero?

Does Rosa Parks follow the seven steps of being a hero
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Dennis Hou

on 30 November 2012

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Hero or Celebrity? Rosa Parks A Bit About Rosa Parks... She was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama Her parents separated in her early childhood
She and her mother moved in with her grandparents
Grandparents were former slaves, big advocates of racial fairness Left in grade 11 high school to attend sick grandmother
Never returned - got job in shirt factory - She married barber
Raymond Parks in 1932 - Raymond Parks was an active member in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Completed high school in 1933 with Raymond's support Joined NAACP in 1943, becoming secretary of the president, E. D. Nixon Rosa Parks had a long day at work
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat for a white passenger by request of the bus driver
Gets arrested, gets bailed for $10 plus $4 court fee On December 1, 1955 After the arrest E. D. Nixon planned a boycott of Montgomery's city buses Blacks walked, took a cab, carpooled
Boycott lasted 382 days The Montgomery government had to uplift the law of segregation on buses due to transit company loses as well as the Supreme Court ruling against them
Because of this Rosa Parks and Raymond Parks lost their jobs Rosa Parks worked as secretary and receptionist of the U.S. congressman John Conyer
She served on the board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America They moved to Detroit, Michigan In 1987 she founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development with Elaine Eason Steele
Institution runs "Pathways to Freedom" bus tours, introducing youth to Underground Railroad sites and information about civil rights In 1992 she published "Rosa Parks: My Story", an autobiography about her life in the South
In 1995 she published "Quiet Strength", a memoir that focuses on her religious faith Rosa Park's Hero Journey 1. Ordinary 2. Home Conflict 3. Call to Journey 4. Journey 5. Big Conflict 6. Fame/Recognition 7. Special Talent She was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama Her parents separated in her early childhood
She and her mother moved in with her grandparents
Grandparents were former slaves, big advocates of racial fairness Left in grade 11 high school to attend sick grandmother
Never returned - got job in shirt factory - She married barber
Raymond Parks in 1932 - Raymond Parks was an active member in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Completed high school in 1933 with Raymond's support What Makes Rosa Parks Ordinary... Has a birth date Has parents and grandparents Went to school, had a job Is married Rosa Parks' Home Conflict...
Grandparents were former slaves, big advocates of racial fairness Joined NAACP in 1943, becoming secretary of the president, E. D. Nixon Grandparents constantly informed her of the unjust inequality The NAACP was created due to lack of equality between whites and blacks Rosa Parks' Call to Journey... Rosa Parks had a long day at work
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat for a white passenger by request of the bus driver
Gets arrested, gets bailed for $10 plus $4 court fee On December 1, 1955 After the arrest E. D. Nixon planned a boycott of Montgomery's city buses Blacks walked, took a cab, carpooled
Boycott lasted 382 days She is faced with a situation where she can stand up for equal white and black rights Rosa Parks' Journey... She completes her journey by helping the NAACP boycott public transit Rosa Parks' Big Conflict... Rosa Parks had a long day at work
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat for a white passenger by request of the bus driver
Gets arrested, gets bailed for $10 plus $4 court fee On December 1, 1955 After the arrest E. D. Nixon planned a boycott of Montgomery's city buses Blacks walked, took a cab, carpooled
Boycott lasted 382 days because of the boycott Black churches were burned down
Martin Luther King Jr.'s and E. D. Nixon's houses attacked
Insurance for black taxis canceled
Some blacks arrested due to anti-boycott law
Conflict ended when blacks appealed to court Rosa Parks' Fame/Recognition... The Montgomery government had to uplift the law of segregation on buses due to transit company loses as well as the Supreme Court ruling against them
Because of this Rosa Parks and Raymond Parks lost their jobs Rosa Parks worked as secretary and receptionist of the U.S. congressman John Conyer
She served on the board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America They moved to Detroit, Michigan In 1987 she founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development with Elaine Eason Steele
Institution runs "Pathways to Freedom" bus tours, introducing youth to Underground Railroad sites and information about civil rights In 1992 she published "Rosa Parks: My Story", an autobiography about her life in the South
In 1995 she published "Quiet Strength", a memoir that focuses on her religious faith Montgomery government uplifts laws of racial segregation on buses
Rosa and Raymond Parks lose their jobs Publishes book Starts her own foundation More About Her Fame/Recognition Known as the "mother of Civil Rights Movement"
Received prestigious Medal of Freedom award from Bill Clinton in 1996
Rosa Parks receives the first International Freedom Conductor Award given by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Centre in 1998
U.S. Congress awards the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in 1999
Many other honorary degrees earned, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Award and the Spingarn Medal Rosa Parks' Special Talent... She is courageous - she stood up for her own rights
She is determined - she preserved through the hardship of the boycott, as well as the loss of her and her husband's jobs
She is intelligent - she ran her own institute, the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development Documentary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8A9gvb5Fh0) Thank you for listening Sources Academy of Achievement. (2012, April 9). Rosa Parks Biography -- Academy of Achievement. Retrieved September 5, 2012, from Academy of Achievement: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/par0bio-1%7D
Gale Cengage Learning. (n.d.). Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Rosa Parks. Retrieved September 5, 2012, from Gale Cengage Learning: http://www.gale.cengage.com/free_resources/bhm/bio/parks_r.htm
Parks Rosa. (2012). Biography.com. Retrieved 09:46, Sep 05, 2012 from http://www.biography.com/people/rosa-parks-9433715 Web Pages
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Therefore a celebrity can be a hero
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