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February, 2003

Happy 90th Birthday Rosa Parks!
February 4

February Celebrations:
February:
Black History Month February: Frederick Douglass' Birthday (1818) February 1: Chinese New Year February 2: Groundhog Day February 4: Rosa Parks' Birthday (1913) February 12: Abe Lincoln's Birthday (1809) February 14: Valentine's Day February 15: Galileo's Birthday (1564) February 17: President's Day February 22: George Washington's Birthday (1732)


"There comes a time that people get tired. We are here this evening to say to those who have mistreated us so long, that we are tired -- tired of being segregated and humiliated, tired of being kicked about by the brutal feet of oppression." -- Martin Luther King, Jr., the new minister at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, speaking about the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955.

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MY ROSA PARKS BEAR by Donna A. My hero is Rosa Parks. If I could make up a bear, I would choose Rosa Parks because of her courage while sitting on the bus. I would make the bear purple because she wore a purple outfit on that day. I would also add a purple hat and glasses. I would have a bus as her logo.

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Young Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Heroine (First Start Biographies) - UNDER $5.00
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Question:
What did Rosa Parks do on December 1, 1955?

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Did you know Rosa Parks has been called the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement?"

Yes. The Civil Rights Movement helped make it illegal for people to discriminate against other people based on their race, color, religion, or nationality. Rosa Parks received many honors for her work in Civil Rights, including the Spingarn Medal, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize, the Eleanor Roosevelt Woman of Courage Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Also, Cleveland Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama, (the street where Rosa boarded the bus on December 1, 1955) was renamed Rosa Parks Boulevard.

Did you know Rosa was a guest at the 1999 State of the Union Address and sat next to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton? President Clinton introduced Rosa by saying, "She's sitting down with the First Lady tonight, and she may get up or not, as she chooses." Today, Rosa lives in Detroit, Michigan. February 4, 2003, marks Rosa Parks 90th Birthday.

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Rosa Parks. She has made the world think differently. She made all people know that all people are created equally. She was very brave on that bus when she started the boycott. She knew it was right, and she stood up for herself and every other black person. Thank you Rosa. You have effected my life greatly. -- Kayleigh Caudill

Rosa Parks is my hero. She is a strong, courageous, and remarkable woman. She inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott when she refused to give up her seat on a public bus. I truly admire and respect Rosa Parks.

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Question:
Did Rosa Parks found the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development?

Answer:
Yes. Rosa met Raymond Parks in 1931, and they were married in December, 1932. They lived in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1957, Rosa and Raymond moved to Detroit, Michigan. In 1977, Raymond Parks died. Ten years later, Rosa founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development to give young people hope and to help them complete their education.

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Question:
What did Rosa Parks do on December 1, 1955?

Answer:
Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a Montgomery bus.
In the 1940's, Rosa had joined the NAACP, an organization to help end discrimination against African-Americans. The public bus system in Montgomery, Alabama, was just one example of how African-Americans were discriminated against. 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. Some bus drivers made African-American passengers board the front of the bus to pay, and then made them exit the bus to re-board through the back door. Sometimes the buses would leave before the passengers could re-board. This happened to Rosa in 1943. Bus segregation continued. 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.

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