Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama, grew up in a racially segregated and deeply unjust America. Parks, a seamstress by trade, became actively involved in civil rights issues early in her life.
The transformative moment occurred when Parks boarded a city bus and, by law, was required to give up her seat to a white passenger.
Parks’ quiet strength and dignified defiance made her an iconic figure in the struggle for civil rights. Her arrest led to a Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional, marking a historic victory for the movement.
Beyond her pivotal role in the bus boycott, Parks continued her activism throughout her life. She became a symbol of hope, a testament to the power of ordinary individuals to effect extraordinary change.