Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist known for her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. city bus, never had children. She and her husband Raymond were married for almost 45 years when he died in 1977.
Though she did not have children of her own, Parks demonstrated her interest in helping young people succeed when, 10 years after her husband's death, she co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development. This organization is designed to help young people attain life skills needed for the future.
After the bus incident and Rosa Parks' subsequent arrest, she and her husband lost their jobs in Montgomery. They moved to Detroit, Mich., where she got a job in the office of U.S. Representative John Conyers.