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Who were Rosa Parks' siblings?

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Political activist Rosa Parks had just one known sibling, who was named Sylvester McCauley. Sylvester, who was born in Alabama in 1915, was two years younger than Rosa Parks.

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Rosa Parks is famous for fighting racism and playing a major part in the desegregation of the South. Rosa is most remembered for refusing to give up her bus seat to a Caucasian patron in 1955, which landed her in jail. This sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, during which African-American citizens boycotted the buses of Montgomery, Alabama. The boycott began on the day of Rosa's trial. As a result of the boycott's success, other political activists began to take more rigorous actions to encourage change, and organizations like the Montgomery Improvement Association were formed.

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