Definition of Rosa Parks from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Rosa Parks

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(1913-2005) a woman who was associated with the start of the civil rights movement in the US. In 1955 she refused to sit in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, as the local law required her to do as an African American. She was arrested, and Martin Luther King then organized African Americans in a refusal to use the buses. This forced the city to change the law. see also segregation