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Collection Rosa Parks Papers


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

Rosa Parks (1913-2005)

  1. 1913, Feb. 4

    Born, Tuskegee, Alabama

  2. 1914

    Moved to Pine Level, Alabama

  3. 1924-1929

    Attended the Montgomery Industrial School, Montgomery, Alabama

  4. 1932

    Married Raymond A. Parks (died 1977)

  5. 1933

    Received high school degree

  6. 1943

    Selected as secretary, NAACP Montgomery, Alabama, branch

  7. 1949

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 1957

    Moved to Detroit, Michigan

    Participated in the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom

  11. 1957-1958

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

  12. 1958

    Returned to Detroit, Michigan

  13. 1963

    Participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

  14. 1965

    Participated in the Selma-to-Montgomery March

  15. 1965-1988

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

  16. 1979

    Awarded the NAACP Spingarn Medal

  17. 1987

    Founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development

  18. 1992

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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 1999

    Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

  22. 2005, Oct. 24

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