Women Who Changed the World
There were many women who have changed the world in the fields of
math, science, sports, music, writing and leadership. Rosa Parks was a
leader to help the blacks become equal to whites. Eleanor Roosevelt was
also a leader because she helped the poor. Harriet Tubman was also a
leader which helped free black slaves.
I am going to tell what Rosa Parks did to help the world be a better
place. Parks, Rosa Louise (1913- ), civil rights leader, born in Tuskegee,
Alabama. She attended Alabama State College, worked as a seamstress
and housekeeper, and was active in the Montgomery Voters League and
the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
Youth Council. In 1943 she was elected secretary of the Montgomery
branch of the NAACP. In a celebrated incident in 1955 she was arrested for
violating segregation laws when she refused to give up her bus seat to a
white passenger. This resulted in a boycott of the bus system by blacks,
with Martin Luther King, Jr. leading the movement. In spite of harassment
the boycott continued, and in 1956 segregated seating was challenged in a
federal lawsuit. Within a few months bus segregation was ruled
unconstitutional, and the buses were officially desegregated in December
1956. Parks, who had lost her job because of the boycott, moved to Detroit,
Michigan, the following year, and again took in sewing. She also worked as
a fundraiser for the NAACP. In 1965 she was hired by Congressman John
Conyers, Jr., also a civil rights leader, to manage his Detroit office. She
remained active in the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference (SCLC). In 1987 she founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks
Institute for Self-Development, offering guidance to young blacks. She won
the NAACP's Spingarn Medal (1970) and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award
(1980), as well as an honorary degree from Shaw College.
I think that without Rosa Parks or any other men or women who tried
to stop the racism against blacks has helped our nation in a big way.
Without these people our world would be prejudice and racist.
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