Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought and fell and rose again. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. Rosa Parks was one of the individual who showed courage in the face of adversity. She was the woman who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. She showed courage throughout her whole life and because of that, she is now remembered as a civil rights activist.
Rosa Louise McCauley parks was born on February 4,1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her father James McCauley, was a carpenter and her mother, Leona Edward, was a teacher. Rosa Parks was an African American. When her parents separated, she moved to Montgomery, Alabama with her mother. When she was small, even as a child, she suffered poor health and had chronic tonsillitis. She grew up on a farm with her maternal grandparents, mother, and her younger brother. She began her lifelong membership in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Until she was eleven she attended rural schools. Then she enrolled at the Industrial School for Girls in Montgomery, where she took academic and vocational courses. After that Rosa Parks went to Laboratory School for her secondary education, but never got time to complete it because she was forced to drop out to care for her ill grandmother.
In the 1950s under Jim Crow Laws, black and white people were segregated in every part of daily life in the south, including transportation. Bus and train companies did not provide separate vehicles for different races. School bus transportation was unavailable in any form for black school children in the south. (Rosa Parks recalled back in time when she used to go to elementary school in Pine Level, where school buses took white students to their new school and black students had to walk to their school.)
In 1932 Rosa married Raymond Parks. He was a barber from Montgomery and he was also a member of the NAACP. After her marriage, Rosa Parks took...
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