Rosa Parks by Niall Quigley

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Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, on February 4th1913. She was educated in a school that had only one room. Her mother was a teacher and her father, was a carpenter. She had a little brother called Sylvester. After her parents separated Rosa and Sylvester moved with their mother to Alabama city.

On the 1st of December 1955 after a long day of work, Rosa boarded a bus home and took a seat. At the time in Montgomery, seats at the front of the buses were reserved for white passengers and the seats at the back were for the black passengers. The bus quickly filled up and when a white man boarded the driver told an African American passenger to give up their seat for him. Whilst the other black passengers obeyed, Rosa did not. The result Rosa was arrested by the police and fined for breaking segregation laws. But Rosa refused to pay, and argued that it was the law that was wrong, not her behaviour. Now because Rosa argued about her rights. Today we can all use public facilities without being separated and have equal rights for everyone. Rosa died of natural causes on 24th October 2005 at the age of 92.