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Rosa parks was born on February 41913 in Tuskegee Alabama Shewas a civil rights leader She attended Alabama State College worked as aseamstress and as a housekeeper Her father James McCauley was a carpenterand her mother Leona Edwards McCauley was a teacher Rosa P had oneHer family lived in Tuskegee When Rosa was two years-old her parentssplit up and she her mother and her brother moved to her grandparents farm inNearby Pine Level Alabama Her grandparents were one of the few blackfamilies who owned their own land rather than work for someone else Althoughthey were poor they were able to raise enough food for all During the first half of this century for all blacks living in America skincolor affected every part of their lives The South in particular was very racistSlavery had been abolished only by some fifty years earlier and blacks were stillhated and were feared by whites because of skin colorJim Crow had a law separate but equal The Supreme Court ruled in1896 that equal protection could not mean separate but equal facilities Blackswere made to feel inferior to whites in every way They were restricted in theirchoices of housing and jobs were forced to attend segregated schools and wereprohibited from using many restaurants movie theaters Rosa Parks said yearslater Whites would accuse you of causing trouble when all of you were doingwas acting like a normal human being instead of crining You didnt have to waitfor a lynching You died each time you found yourself face to face with this kindRosa Parks didnt like attending a poor one-room school with few booksor supplies not being able to stop on her way home from school to get a sodaor a candybar She hated how they were parts for blacks like restaurants trainsand bus and even being forced to give up her seat for a white person Rosas mother Leona McCauley worked as a teacher and the wholefamily knew the value of education
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