Profession: Civil Rights Activist
Why Famous: Called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Her refusal to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.
- 1932-12-18 Civil rights activist Rosa McCauley (19) weds Raymond Parks (29) in Montgomery, Alabama
- 1955-12-01 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama
- 1955-12-05 Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks