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Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on February 4, 1913. She was one of the first African American women to be a civil rights activist and an inspiration for other activists.
She refused to give up her bus seat when a white person wanted it and this resulted in her arrest. This is what led Rosa Parks to become one of the most influential activists in history. Parks became involved with civil rights work as early as 1943 while working with the NAACP. In 1955 she joined Montgomery’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) where she served as secretary until 1959. Her involvement with organizations like these would lead her to help start many movements during those

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About Rosa Parks

birth of the author

February 4, 1913

death of the author

October 24, 2005

occupation of the author

Civil Rights Activist

knownfor of the author

Known For:
Montgomery Bus Boycott

movement of the author

Civil Rights Movement


Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it. — Rosa Parks

The only tired I was, was tired of giving in. — Rosa Parks

I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up. — Rosa Parks

People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. — Rosa Parks

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I’m tired of being treated like a second–class citizen. — Rosa Parks

It was not pre–arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn’t feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working. — Rosa Parks


I will always work for human rights for all people. — Rosa Parks

My only concern was to get home after a hard day’s work. — Rosa Parks

As long as there is unemployment, war, crime and all things that go to the infliction of man’s inhumanity to man, regardless–there is much to be done, and people need to work together. — Rosa Parks

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All I was trying to do was get home from work. — Rosa Parks

As long as people use tactics to oppress or restrict other people from being free, there is work to be done. — Rosa Parks

Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others. — Rosa Parks

I had given up my seat before, but this day, I was especially tired. Tired from my work as a seamstress, and tired from the ache in my heart. — Rosa Parks


Each person must live their life as a model for others. — Rosa Parks

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I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day. — Rosa Parks

As far back as I can remember, I knew there was something wrong with our way of life when people could be mistreated because of the color of their skin. — Rosa Parks

If you want to be respected for your actions, then your behavior must be above reproach. If our lives demonstrate that we are peaceful, humble, and trusted, this is recognized by others. — Rosa Parks

Why is Rosa Parks important?

When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus for white passengers in 1955, she was arrested for violating the city’s racial segregation ordinances.

Her action sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, led by the Montgomery Improvement Association and Martin Luther King, Jr.

, that eventually succeeded in achieving desegregation of the city buses. The boycott also helped give rise to the American civil rights movement.

Let us look at Jim Crow for the criminal he is and what he has done to one life multiplied millions of times over these United States and the world. He walks us on a tightrope from birth. — Rosa Parks

The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute accepts people of any race. We don’t discriminate against anyone. We teach people to reach their highest potential. I set examples by the way I lead my life. — Rosa Parks

The time had just come when I had been pushed as far as I could stand to be pushed. — Rosa Parks

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What I learned best at Miss White’s school was that I was a person with dignity and self–respect, and I should not set my sights lower than anybody else just because I was black. — Rosa Parks

Black women are very capable of leading our organizations. I believe that firmly. — Rosa Parks

That was a difference between black slaves and white indentured servants. Black slaves were usually not allowed to keep their names, but were given new names by their owners. — Rosa Parks

I’d see the bus pass every day… But to me, that was a way of life; we had no choice but to accept what was the custom. The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white world. — Rosa Parks

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When I see the leadership roles black women are taking today I am very encouraged. — Rosa Parks


One of the first things i did was look at the buses, and yes––they were integrated. … that felt good. — Rosa Parks

I had felt for a long time that, if I was ever told to get up so a white person could sit, that I would refuse to do so. — Rosa Parks

I thought about Emmett Till, and I could not go back. My legs and feet were not hurting, that is a stereotype. I paid the same fare as others, and I felt violated. I was not going back. — Rosa Parks

There were times when it would have been easy to fall apart or to go in the opposite direction, but somehow I felt that if I took on more step, someone would come along to join me. — Rosa Parks

Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way. — Rosa Parks

When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night. — Rosa Parks