Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Park Dies

OCTOBER 25, 2005 – Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks passed away at the age of 92 on Monday. It was Parks refusal to surrender her bus seat to a white rider more than 50 years ago that helped launch the modern civil rights movement.

Her simple act of disobedience in a segregated Montgomery, Alabama set in motion a ripple effect that would forever alter civil rights in the United States. 

The arrest of Parks led to a 380-day bus boycott and a Supreme Court decision desegregating her city’s public transportation.

She also helped propel the rise of Martin Luther King Jr. and the transformation of workplaces, schools and housing across the nation.

In 2002, members of IAM Local Lodge PM2848 restored the bus where Rosa Parks made history.