10-24-05 - Civil rights icon Rosa Parks died of natural causes at her Michigan home. She was 92. Parks earned the title of "mother of the civil rights movement" in 1955 when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.
The act of defiance launched the modern civil rights movement and was to change the course of American history.
Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a then little-known Baptist minister, the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior, who later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.
Parks and her husband were forced to move to Michigan because of
threats, harassment and because they couldn't find work. She worked
as an aide in Congressman Conyers office rom 1965 to 1988. Parks