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Rosa McCauly Parks was born in Tuskegee Alabama in 1913 and grew up on a small farm When her mother had saved enough money to pay for it Rosa had began to attend a private school when she was 11 years old But while she was attending high school her mother had become ill so she had to quit After quitting high school she got a job as a house servant and began sending money back to her family When she married Raymond Parks she returned to high school and graduated In 1943 she joined the NAACP and worked to ensure voting rights for blacks One evening shortly after 500 PM on Thursday December 1 1955 while coming home from work she boarded a bus and sat down According to Montgomery law blacks had to sit in the back of the bus and give up their seats to whites when they came on the bus When she was asked to give up her seat she refused Immediately the driver stopped the bus and called two policemen Mrs Parks was arrested and taken to jail Edgar Daniel Nixon head of the NAACP in Montgomery posted a 100 bond to get her released Although Mrs Parks was not the first black person to get arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus Mr Nixon decided that she wouldnt be the last He called a meeting of black leaders to see what action they should take By the end of the meeting the leaders agreed to call a one-day boycott of all the city buses for Monday Dec5 On Monday the buses began their run through the black neighborhood and came back empty The boycott was a sucess They set up the Montgomery Improvement Association MIA and named Martin Luther King Jr its leader Rosa
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