Rosa Parks Archives

Sixty-five years ago this week, Rosa Parks stood up for civil rights by sitting down

December 3, 2020

Sixty-five years ago on December 1, 42-year-old Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, to head home after working at her job as a seamstress. At the time, public buses in the city were segregated per city law, and the first 10 seats were permanently reserved for white passengers. A diagram at the National… [Read More]

A struggle waged alone: Black women and the right to vote

August 27, 2020

Literacy tests and poll taxes are typically no longer employed to deny African Americans the right to vote. But 100 years after its ratification on August 18, 1920, when the 19th Amendment nominally gave all women the right to vote, the reality is that African American women are frequently still victims of various voter suppression… [Read More]

Tribute to Rosa Parks’s life of activism

April 29, 2013

On Friday, April 26, at 7:00 p.m., a diverse group of more than 25 community organizations will sponsor a celebration of the lifelong activism of Rosa Parks, with special guest Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks, at Milwaukee’s Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th Street (at Wisconsin Avenue). The event… [Read More]