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10/25/05-Detroit, MI

Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks Dies At 92

Rosa Parks, dubbed the Mother of the Civil Rights movement has died.

Parks' moment in history began in December 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system by blacks that was organized by a 26-year-old baptist minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  King later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

The boycott led to a court ruling desegregating public transportation in montgomery, but it wasn't until the 1964 Civil Rights Act that all public accommodations nationwide were desegregated.

Parks and her husband were forced to move to Michigan because of threats, harassment and unemployment. She worked as an aide in Congressman John Conyers' office from 1965 to 1988.

Rosa Parks was 92.

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