Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Chloe Davis, Reporter

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free…so other people would also be free,”- Rosa Parks.  Rosa parks lived up to this quote every day of her life, she stood up for herself when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. Her bravery led to nationwide efforts to end racial segregation. The National Association awarded Rosa Parks the Martin Luther King Jr award for her standing up to her color. 

Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee Alabama. James and Leona McCauley were her birth parents although, they both separated when Rosa was two years old. Both of Rosa Park’s grandparents were formerly enslaved people and strong advocates for racial equality. She spent her youth on the Edwards farm living with her grandparents. Since she spent most of her life living with her formerly enslaved grandparents she picked up on being against racism.

When Rosa Parks was 42 years old she resued to get off a bus. On the bus, there were seats dedicated to “white” people, but the day Rosa Parks was on there were no more seats left for the “white” people therefore the bus driver made the “colored people” get up and leave. Rosa Parks refused to get up and disobeyed the bus driver. “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired,” Rosa Parks said  “but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” Rosa Parks was a great role model for people of color, she stood up for herself when others would not. Many years later on October 24, 2005, Rosa Parks passed due to natural causes.