Who was Rosa Parks?

This is Rosa Parks.

  • In 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white person. Her actions changed American history forever.

Find out more about her life, below.

Learn more about Rosa Parks.

A photograph of Rosa Parks.

Key facts

  • In 1950s America black people were treated unfairly. One person who tried to change this was Rosa Parks.
  • On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was tired of having to give up her bus seat and she said “No” to a white person.
  • This started the Montgomery bus boycott.

Do you remember what happened to Rosa Parks? Try the activity below.

Did you know?

  • The bus boycott was only meant to last for one day. In the end it lasted over a year, until the law was changed.
  • Rosa’s job was sewing and making clothes. She worked in a shop, but after her arrest she lost her job as a seamstress.
  • Rosa had to move away to a new city to find work. She lived in Detroit for the rest of her life, which was very far from Montgomery.
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