- Chana Kai Lee
Parks, Rosa (04 February 1913–24 October 2005), civil rights activist, was born Rosa McCauley in Tuskegee, Alabama, the daughter of James McCauley, a carpenter and stonemason, and Leona Edwards, a schoolteacher. Leona McCauley was a widely respected woman in her community. James McCauley was a native of Abbeville, Alabama. Two years after Rosa's birth, Leona McCauley separated from her husband and returned to her hometown of Pine Level, Alabama. Rosa would see her father just once more before she reached adulthood. From her mother, Rosa learned the value of self-respect, self-love, and honorable behavior toward others. Religion was also at the center of Rosa's world. Soon after her baptism at age two, Rosa became a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She found much comfort and perspective in biblical study and prayer....