Rosa Parks has never led a Civil Rights March or made a stirring speech to supporters of racial equality, yet she stands as an important, iconic figure in the history of Civil Rights progress in the United States. Her gesture – refusal to give up her seat on a crowded bus in 1955 Montgomery Alabama to a Caucasian male – provided the impetus for the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on segregation laws. Her act of passive resistance continues to inspire people of all colors in the continuing struggle for equality, and, in recent years, her name has surfaced in works of literature and contemporary popular culture.

Born Rosa McCauley in Tuskegee, Alabama, she was the oldest child and only daughter of James and …

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Donohue, Cecilia. "Rosa Parks". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2004; last revised 11 October 2005.
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