Rosa Parks Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

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Rosa Parks Quick Info
Height 5 ft 3 in
Weight 54 kg
Date of Birth February 4, 1913
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Eye Color Dark Brown

Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist who is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the Montgomery bus boycott campaign which was a political and social protest campaign against racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama.

Born Name

Rosa Louise McCauley

Nick Name

The Mother of the Freedom Movement, The First Lady of Civil Rights

Rosa Parks circa 1978
Rosa Parks circa 1978 (Judith Sedwick / Flickr / Public Domain)

Age

She was born on February 4, 1913.

Died

Rosa Parks died of natural causes on October 24, 2005, at the age of 92 in Detroit, Michigan, United States.

Resting Place

Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan, United States

Sun Sign

Aquarius

Born Place

Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, United States

Nationality

American

Education

Rosa Parks attended the Industrial School for Girls in Montgomery and then got enrolled at the Alabama State Teachers College for Negroes for secondary education. However, she later dropped out in order to take care of her ill mother and grandmother.

She later completed her high school education in 1933.

Occupation

Civil Rights Activist

Family

  • Father – James McCauley (Carpenter)
  • Mother – Leona (née Edwards) (Teacher)
  • Siblings – Sylvester (Younger Brother)
  • Others – Anderson McCauley (Paternal Grandfather), Louisa Collins (Paternal Grandmother), Sylvester Edwards (Maternal Grandfather), Rose/Rosena Percival (Maternal Grandmother), Daisy McCauley (Sister-In-Law)

Build

Slim

Rosa Parks as seen while smiling in a picture with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the background in 1955
Rosa Parks as seen while smiling in a picture with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the background in 1955 (United States Information Agency / United States Department of State / Public Domain)

Height

5 ft 3 in or 160 cm

Weight

54 kg or 119 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Rosa Parks had dated –

  1. Raymond Parks (1932-1977)

Race / Ethnicity

Mixed (White and Black)

Rosa Parks was of African-American and Irish descent.

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Wore glasses
  • Powerful persona

Religion

She grew up as a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME).

Rosa Parks as seen while being fingerprinted on February 22, 1956, by Lieutenant D.H. Lackey as one of the people indicted as leaders of the Montgomery bus boycott
Rosa Parks as seen while being fingerprinted on February 22, 1956, by Lieutenant D.H. Lackey as one of the people indicted as leaders of the Montgomery bus boycott (Associated Press; restored by Adam Cuerden / rmyauctions.com / Public Domain)

Rosa Parks Facts

  1. Her parents separated when she was young and Parks and her brother were raised by her mother and maternal grandparents.
  2. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested after she refused to give up her seat to a white male.
  3. She received a multitude of honors and recognitions for her extraordinary achievements in the field of civil rights and was inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1983 and into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.
  4. Rosa Parks was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996.

Featured Image by Judith Sedwick / Flickr / Public Domain

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