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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2003
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Celebrate Rosa Parks' 90th Birthday!

Happy Birthday Rosa Parks! February 4, 2003, marks the 90th Birthday of Rosa Parks.

Did you know Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a Montgomery bus on December 1, 1955? At that time, the public bus system in Montgomery, Alabama, was segregated. African-Americans were only allowed to sit in the back of the bus, or they could sit in the middle section as long as no white passengers were standing. On Thursday, December 1, 1955, Rosa was sitting in the middle section of a bus. When the bus began to fill up, the driver told Rosa to move to the back of the bus. Rosa refused to move and was arrested. This led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the end of segregation on public buses.

Learn more about the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement with the IMA Hero™ Collection. You can:

Read about Rosa Parks in Depth

Browse the Rosa Parks Bookstore

Get Quick Facts in the Rosa Parks "Your Page"

View Photographs of Rosa Parks

Visit the Rosa Parks Links

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