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Collection Rosa Parks Papers


A timeline covering the life of Rosa Parks, 1913-2005.

  • 1913, Feb. 4

    Born, Tuskegee, Alabama

  • 1914

    Moved to Pine Level, Alabama

  • 1924-1929

    Attended the Montgomery Industrial School, Montgomery, Alabama

  • 1932

    Married Raymond A. Parks (died 1977)

  • 1933

    Received high school degree

  • 1943

    Selected as secretary, NAACP Montgomery, Alabama, branch

  • 1949

    Became an advisor to the Youth Council of the NAACP Montgomery, Alabama, branch

  • 1955

    Attended a workshop at the Highlander Folk School, Monteagle, Tennessee, in August.

    Arrested on December 1 and charged with violating Montgomery, Alabama, segregation laws by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger

    Participated in organizing a boycott of the Montgomery bus system

  • 1956

    Lost her job in January as an assistant tailor at the Montgomery Fair department store, Montgomery, Alabama

    Arrested along with other boycott organizers for violating anti-boycott laws

  • 1957

    Moved to Detroit, Michigan

    Participated in the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom

  • 1957-1958

    Hostess, Holly Tree Inn, Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va.

  • 1958

    Returned to Detroit, Michigan

  • 1963

    Participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

  • 1965

    Participated in the Selma-to-Montgomery March

  • 1965-1988

    Worked in Congressman John Conyers's district office in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1979

    Awarded the NAACP Spingarn Medal

  • 1987

    Founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development

  • 1992

    Published with Jim Haskins Rosa Parks: My Story. New York: Dial Books

  • 1994

    Published with Gregory J. Reed Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope, the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House

  • 1996

    Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Published with Gregory J. Reed Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth. New York: Lee and Low Books

  • 1999

    Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

  • 2005, Oct. 24

    Died, Detroit, Michigan; lay in honor in the United States Capitol Rotunda

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