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On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested when she refused to surrender her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white passenger. The arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an important event in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, and was a defining moment in Parks' long career as an activist.
Rosa Parks Picketing in front of General Motors. In 1964 Rosa Parks volunteered on John Conyers' campaign to represent Michigan's First Congressional District. After he won, he hired Rosa in March 1965 to work in his Detroit office as a receptionist and administrative assistant. She answered phones, met with visitors, handled constituent cases, and assisted the Congressman with scheduling. She retired in 1988.