Posted on Tue, Nov 1, 2005Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks died Monday October 24th at her residence in Detroit of natural causes with friends and family by her side. She was 92. Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955 landed her in jail and sparked a bus boycott that is considered the start of the modern civil rights movement. The bus is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. Parks was born Feb. 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Ala. She moved to Detroit in 1957 with her husband, Raymond, and found refuge from death threats and a job working for Rep. John Conyers' (D-Mich.) office as an aide from 1965 until retiring in 1988. Raymond Parks died in 1977.
In 1975, the city of Detroit honored the legend who made her home in Detroit. It renamed 12th Street, which is now known as Rosa Parks Boulevard.
After the death of her husband in 1977, Mrs. Parks founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development. The Institute sponsors an annual summer program for teenagers called Pathways to Freedom. The young people tour the country in buses, under adult supervision, learning the history of their country and of the civil rights movement. President Clinton presented Rosa Parks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996. She received a Congressional Gold Medal in 1999.
Cut and paste this link in your browser to see/hear Rev. Charles Adam's thank you prayer from Rosa Parks' funeral.
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