62 years ago, Rosa Parks stood up for civil rights by sitting down

62 years ago, Rosa Parks stood up for civil rights by sitting down
62 years ago, Rosa Parks stood up for civil rights by sitting down

The legacy of Rosa Parks

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Parks' booking photo. Her activism and arrest served as a rallying point in the civil rights movement.

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Parks works as a seamstress in February 1956, shortly after the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott. She was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4, 1913.

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Parks rides on a newly integrated bus in 1956. It wasn't until the 1964 Civil Rights Act that all public accommodations nationwide were desegregated.

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Parks, far right, joins a march through Memphis, Tennessee, on April 8, 1968 -- four days after the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King organized the Montgomery bus boycott. His widow, Coretta Scott King, is seen at center next to the Rev. Ralph Abernathy.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson shows solidarity with Parks at the Democratic National Convention in 1988. Jackson had been a candidate in the Democratic primaries that year.

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greets Parks at the White House in 1990.

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Actor Morgan Freeman joins Parks at a film premiere party for "Amistad" in 1997.

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Parks attends a 2001 ceremony at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The ceremony commemorated the 46th anniversary of her arrest.

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Free copies of The Montgomery Advertiser get handed out before a memorial service for Parks on October 28, 2005. She had died four days earlier at the age of 92.

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