Rosa Parks Day 2015: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

February 4, 2015

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1. She Wasn’t the First Black Person to Refuse her Bus Seat to a White Person
The famous incident involving Mrs. Parks occurred on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama….42 at the time.

2. She Started the Montgomery Bus Boycott
What Mrs. Parks and the NAACP didn’t know is that her bus incident would become as explosive and empowering as it did.

3. She Disagreed With MLK on Non-Violence
She had been receiving death threats and she also disagreed with Mr. King on how the civil rights movement should proceed.

4. She received the Congressional Gold Medal
In 1999 by then President Bill Clinton, thats the highest award given by the U.S. legislative branch.

5. Mrs. Parks died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92 in Detroit, Michigan.
Rosa Parks Day was first celebrated in 2000 and was created by the California State Legislature. However, it is recognized by other observers in other states.

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