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Rosa Parks - A Look Back at the First Lady of Civil Rights

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Rosa Parks, the first lady of Civil Rights was honored and celebrated this past Thursday with Rosa Parks Day. Observances for the activist who fought on behalf of African-American civil rights are on both December 1st and on her birthday, February 4th.

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Rosa Parks History - Civil Rights Leader, Activist, and Philanthropist Born 

Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama.

She is perhaps best known for her role in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott.

On December 1, 1955, after a long day of work as a seamstress, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She took her seat in the 'colored' section and was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person.

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Image: Rosa Parks arrested

Her action would gain her notoriety leading to the Montgomery bus boycott. The event was critical in the civil rights movement.

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In 1999, President Bill Clinton honored Parks during the State of the Union Address. The President addressed the crowd saying " She's sitting down with the first lady tonight, and she may get up or not as she chooses."  The comment drew applause in non-partisan support.

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Image: Rosa Parks and President Bill Clinton

Parks died October 24, 2005, in Detroit Michigan.

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