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Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights

On Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, she’s broadly celebrated and even has a stamp bearing her image. But her radical life story is too often left untold.
posted Feb 04, 2013


Rosa Parks stamp

The new Rosa Parks stamp. Photo by Joe Seer /

 Rosa Parks, whom the U.S. Congress called “the first lady of civil rights”, and “the mother of the freedom movement,” was born 100 years ago today, on February 4, 1913, to James and Leona Edwards McCauley. To celebrate the centennial of her birth, the United States Postal Service will unveil a stamp honoring her legacy.

Many accounts of Rosa Parks’ refusal to move to the rear of the bus on December 1, 1955, focus on her being tired or her feet hurting. Too few review the life that had made her tired of injustice.