Doctor King is usually referred to as the father of the American Civil Rights Movement. But MLK's predecessor in what I think of as the Second American Revolution, Rosa Parkes (or Parks), challenged racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, a decade before MLK became nationally famous. And Ms. Parks lived well on into the 21st Century, continuing her work as a civil rights advocate until October 24, 2005 when she died of natural causes at the age of 92. Ms. Parks was born on February 4, 1913.
There follows a brief photographic essay featuring the young Martin Luther King and the ever-young Rosa Parks, two African-Americans who sparked the second American Revolution, between 1955 and 1968. Their names and images will live forever in the hearts and halls of those who hold freedom dear.
NB: All the images below and the inter-images text with links to Wikipedia are courtesy of Wikipedia.
A picture of MLK taken during a lecture he gave in 1964.
On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama , Rosa Parks, age 42, refused to obey bus
driver James Blake 's
order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Parks' act
of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and
Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation . She organized and collaborated with civil
rights leaders, including boycott leader Martin Luther King, Jr. ,
helping to launch him to national prominence in the civil rights movement.