Rosa Parks: The first lady of civil rights
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.”
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation.
She is one of many extraordinary women for whom an SCUSD school is named that the district is celebrating for National Women’s History Month. Others include philanthropist Phoebe Hearst, longtime state librarian Caroline Wenzel, suffragette Susan B. Anthony and Ethel I. Baker, who served as superintendent of the Fruit Ridge District for a staggering 37 years.
Who was Fern Bacon? This is the month to learn!