People we love: Rosa Parks

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“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.”
– Rosa Parks

It was December 1, 1955. Rosa Parks was a 42-year-old African American woman who worked as a seamstress. On that day she boarded a bus in Montgomery to go home and fanned the flames of a civil rights movement for freedom and equality.

During segregation, seats at the front of the bus were reserved for whites. Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat. She was arrested and convicted of violating segregation laws. He arrest sparked a boycott of the Montgomery bus system.

Rosa Parks continued to fight for civil rights throughout the remainder of her life. She died at the age of 92 on October 24, 2005.

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