La vita di Rosa Parks

Feb. 4, 1913: Rosa Louise McCauley was born in Tuskegee, Alabama.

1932: She marries Raymond Parks, a 29-year-old barber.

1943: Rosa Parks is elected secretary of the Montgomery branch of the NAACP.

1945: Rosa Parks registers to vote.

1954: The Supreme Court rules on the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan., unanimously agreeing that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The ruling paves the way for large-scale desegregation.

Dec. 1, 1955: Rosa Parks refuses to give her bus seat to a white man and is arrested.

Dec. 5, 1955: Rosa Parks is fined $14 and the case goes to trial. More than 5,000 people pack Holt Street Baptist Church in Montgomery and pass a resolution to continue the boycott.

Jan. 4, 1956: As the boycott continues, the Montgomery City Commission doubles bus fares to 20 cents; children's fares raised to 10 cents. Jan. 30, 1956: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s home is bombed. Montgomery City Commission issues $500 reward in connection with bombing.

Feb. 1, 1956: A lawsuit is filed in federal court.

April 30, 1956: Montgomery City Commission reaffirms its commitment to segregated seating on city buses.

June 4, 1956: Three federal judges vote 2-1 to strike down Montgomery bus segregation ordinances as unconstitutional.

Nov. 13, 1956: U.S. Supreme Court rules that segregation of city buses is unconstitutional.

Dec. 20 1956: Federal injunctions are served on the city, enforcing the Supreme Court's ruling on public transportation.

Dec. 21, 1956: Black Montgomerians end boycott of the bus system.7

Jan.-Feb. 1957: King, Charles K. Steele, and Fred L. Shuttlesworth establish the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, of which King is made the first president. The SCLC becomes a major force in organizing the civil rights movement.

1957: Parks and her husband move to Detroit.

Aug. 28, 1963: Rosa Parks joins in the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech before a crowd of about 250,000 at the Lincoln Memorial.

1965: Rosa Parks begins working in the office of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. After serving as an administrative assistant more than 20 years, she retired in 1988. Parks worked with Conyers on making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday.

1977: Parks' husband, Raymond Parks, dies. Her brother, Sylvester, also dies.

1979: Rosa Parks receives prestigious Spingarn Award, the NAACP's highest honor for civil rights contributions. Parks' mother, Leona McCauley dies.

1987: Rosa Parks helps establish the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development, which motivates youth to reach their potential. "I see the energy of young people as a real force for change," she wrote in her 1996 book, "Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today's Youth."

1992: Publishes her first book, "Rosa Parks: My Story" (New York: Dial Books) with Jim Haskins.

1994: Her memoir, "Quiet Strength," is published. Parks takes a trip to Japan; receives doctorate degree from Soka University. Travels to Stockholm, Sweden, to receive Rosa Parks Peace Prize and light the Peace Candle.

Aug. 30, 1994: Parks is attacked and beaten in her home by an African-American man who wanted money and apparently did not recognize her. She wrote after the incident, "I pray for this young man and the conditions in our country that have made him this way."

1996: Rosa Parks receives highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

1999: Parks receives the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor from a bill widely supported by both houses of Congress. A lawsuit is filed on her behalf against BMG Entertainment, claiming the label allowed hip-hop duo Outkast to use her name without her permission for commercial purposes in their 1998 song "Rosa Parks." The suit was settled in 2005.

Dec. 1, 2000: The dedication and grand opening of Troy State University-Montgomery's Rosa Parks Museum and Library.

2002: CBS shows television movie about her life, "The Rosa Parks Story" starring Angela Bassett.

Oct. 24, 2005: Rosa Parks dies at 92.