Rosa Parks And Racial Equality Essay

809 Words May 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Throughout her child hood she encountered early experiences with racial discrimination and engagement for racial equality. One experience included Rosa Parks grandfather standing in front of their house with a shotgun while Ku Klux Klan members marched down the streets. Rosa’s family consisted of strong advocates for racial equality. Rosa was educated by her mother on how to read at a young age. Her education was provided by segregated schools in Montgomery, but unfortunately was left with no choice to drop out in the 11th grade to care and provide for both her sick grandmother and mother. She got a job at a shirt factory and wasn’t able to complete her high school degree until she got married to Raymond Parks, a barber and a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Raymond was able to support Rosa while she earned her high school degree in 1933. During this time there was an extreme amount of segregation between blacks and whites. This was a crucial time where black people could not go to the same school as white people, use the same restroom, drink from the cleaner sink, or sit in the front of the bus with all the other white folks. African Americans had fewer rights when riding the bus. Drivers are supposed to separate and equally distribute seats on the bus, this was usually done splitting it right down the middle. Whites in the front, and blacks in the back. However when the…

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