Rosa Parks Timeline

Important Events of the Course of her Lifetime



  • 1900Segregation law becomes official part of Montgomery City code
  • 1913Rosa Louis McCauley born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • 1931Rosa becomes highly active in defending the Scottsboro Boys
  • 1932Rosa Louis McCauley weds Raymond Parks
  • 1943Rosa joins NAACP
  • 1943Forced off of segregated bus for accidentally sitting in seat reserved for whites
  • 1944Took a job on the un-segregated Maxwell Air Force Base
  • 1955(Dec. 1): Arrested for refusing to relinquish her seat to a white man
  • 1955Beginning of Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • 1956Browder v. Gayle filed in U.S. District Court
  • 1956Segregation law ruled unconstitutional
  • 1956End of Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • 1957Left Montgomery, Alabama to seek work in Virginia
  • 1957Left Virginia and moved to Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Passed, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2nd.
  • 1965Hired by U.S. Representative John Conyers
  • 1979Awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP
  • 1980Awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award by the NAACP
  • 1983Inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame
  • 1987Founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development
  • 1988Retired from employment in office of Representative Conyers
  • 1990Invited to be part of the welcoming party for Nelson Mandela
  • 1992Awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award
  • 1992Rosa Parks: My Story – Autobiography published
  • 1994Attacked in her apartment by Joseph Skipper
  • 1996Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton
  • 1998Awarded the International Freedom Conductor Award by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • 1999Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal
  • 1999Awarded the Detroit-Windsor International Freedom Festival Freedom Award
  • 1999Named by Time Magazine as one of the 20 most influential figures of the century
  • 2000Awarded the Alabama Governor’s Medal of Honor
  • 2000Awarded the Alabama Academy Award
  • 2000The Rosa Parks Library and Museum dedicated at Troy University in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 2005Rosa Parks death from complications of progressive dementia
  • 2005Rosa Parks‘ body allowed to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda
  • 2006Statue of Rosa Parks placed in National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.


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