By: Adia H.
New Jersey, Grade 3
My person is Rosa Louise Parks. She was born in 1913
in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was raised by her mother,
Leona Edward McCauley, on her grandparents’ farm at
Pine Level, a small community outside Montgomery.
Rosa Parks was an American civil-rights activist.
She also became committed to racial justice as she and
her husband joined the campaign to save the
“Scottsboro Boys.” They were nice young black men who
were accused of raping white girls. Rosa Parks became
secretary of the Montgomery branch of the NAACP. She
helped the boys out because there was an all (white)
jury that convicted them of the crime, despite strong
evidence of their innocence. She became a
civil-rights activist because she refused to give up
Rosa received her primary education in a segregated
rural school. In 1924, she enrolled in a private all
girls’ school known as Miss White’s school. She also
attended Booker T. Washington Junior High and
participated in a high school program at a state
teachers’ college. She dropped out at the age of 16
to care for her grandfather who died soon after. In
December 1932, she married Raymond Parks. Rosa Parks
received her high school diploma a year after. I
chose her because I like what she did in her life.