Rosa Parks

by ethnic on May 12, 2010

Birth Name: Rosa Louise McCauley

Date of Birth: February 4, 1913

Place of Birth: Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.

Date of Death: October 24, 2005

Place of Death: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American, as well as 1/16th Irish

Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist. The United States Congress has called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”.

Rosa was the daughter of Leona (Edwards) and James McCauley. She was African-American. One of her maternal great-great-grandfathers was Irish. A picture of Rosa’s father can be seen here. Rosa was married to barber and NAACP staffer Raymond Parks, until his death.

All of Rosa’s grandparents were black. Rosa is sometimes described as having had some degree of Cherokee Native American, Creek Native American, and/or Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry. It is not clear if any or all of these lineages have been verified/documented.

Rosa’s paternal grandfather was named Anderson McCauley. Anderson was born in Alabama or Georgia.

Rosa’s paternal grandmother was named Louisa Collins. Louisa was born in Alabama.

Rosa’s maternal grandfather was Sylvester Edwards (the son of John Earl Edwards and Rosa Jones). Sylvester was born in Alabama. John was the son of James Earl Edwards and Martha Patsy Hamilton. Rosa’s great-grandmother Rosa Jones was the daughter of Joseph Jones and Mary Potter.

Rosa’s maternal grandmother was Rose Percival (the daughter of James Percival and Mary Janes Nobles). Rose was born in Alabama. James’s father was Irish.

Sources: Genealogies of Rosa Parks –

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neiltennant June 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm

she sued my then favorite band OUTKAST because they named a song after her

first she was offensive to us white people and then to her own black people haha

neiltennant December 30, 2017 at 2:14 pm

i always knew that she was half white half black

on some pics she looked like indians

savanna January 29, 2016 at 8:29 am

“Her father, James McCauley, was a carpenter who was part African American, Scots-Irish and Native American.”

andrew January 30, 2017 at 12:51 pm
fuzzybear44 January 31, 2017 at 1:34 am

Actually back then his look was pretty common, you’ll see lots of picture of AA’s men with his look

andrew January 31, 2017 at 3:04 pm
fuzzybear44 February 1, 2017 at 1:05 am

Well black people can have a Caucasoid phenotype naturally, but I understand what you’re saying. yes he does look like a white man. You have to remember, there have been thousands and thousands of mulattoes born in the past 400 yrs some went into the white population, while the rest went into the black.Rosa’s husband could be more white than black or it’s just traits. As I mention before, most people who didn’t know my father, thought he was white. He looked like his father, who after seeing a picture of him, I thought he was white. Yet my Great grand dad was 3/4 indian I/4 black(looked straight Indian).

There was so many white looking mulattoes and Creoles running around, that white women in New Orleans often pretended to be creole women in bordellos to make more money

andrew February 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm


From NYT:

Early on Rosa McCauley learned she was not a full Negro but of mixed blood, a mulatto. In fact, several of her family members were often mistaken for white; her younger brother, Sylvester, was so light-skinned that his slanted eyes inspired people to call him “C–nk,” thinking he was Asian. Parks also recalled, “My grandfather was very light-complected, with straight hair, and sometimes people took him for white.” What’s more, “He took every bit of advantage of being white-looking. He was always doing or saying something that would embarrass or agitate white people

andrew February 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm
neiltennant November 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm

maybe we should write history again

she looked not too dark to be seen as pure african american

maybe she thought one second



great and awesome woman.

her legacy will live forever

midori29 December 29, 2014 at 11:07 am

Most Africans Americans are different colors from light to dark. My grandmother looked like Rosa Parks and she was black. Even when the black slaves came to America, they were not all dark skinned. And Remrmber northern Africans can get olive skinned to white, so just because geneticists divide a line between North.and subsaharan Africa , it does not mean the populations did not cross.
Race is a social thing not reality based. So Africans can have many many different looks.

neiltennant October 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm

SHE sued OUTKAST years ago !

sashafierce564 July 13, 2012 at 11:44 pm

She black !!! A role Model !!!

Multiethnicchick October 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

No she was phenotypically and genetically mixed. When I first saw her I was like wait, THATS Rosa Parks. She doesn’t look black at all. I thought she was white.

WTF December 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

She did look mixed, but of course back then all the mixed blacks identified as black regardless if they were genetically mixed. Which is stupid af. I don’t consider mixed people to be black. People with TWO black parents are black, forget that stupid ass ONE DROP RULE bullshit.

midori29 December 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

@WTF mixed people can choose to be black or white. You sound like an angry mullato. If youre mixed you are white and black. And yes you can call yourself black after the black parent.

arjanguelsk December 29, 2014 at 6:45 pm

@WTF I agree! It’s so ridiculous, people are claiming a race becous they consider they look more like the other, if you are mixed , you are mixed.

Simple example with colors white + black = grey… Probably its looks more black or more white but still be grey…. You can call this color black or wihite.. And still be gray….. Becouse is grey.

2+5=7 not 2 not 5 Just 7.
And 2 is not better than 5 or 7 there are just numbers.

Chocolate milk= chocolate + milk + sugar.

Black person+ white= mixed (biracial)…. If this person have more races is multiracial.

When you mix you get another thing. It doesn’t care If it’s a human or other topic. Mixed is mixed.

And is they decide to choose one is wrong cuz they have both, and any ways if they decides one one people is going to attack the person, a Thats so sad.

People dosen’t accept mixed people becouse they just believe in 3 races… Black withe and yellow…. but the reality is that it dosen’t care if you are a beautiful mixed person, pure and beautiful black person or pure and beautiful white person. And race is just talk about genes and where do you came from, and history is with race too… But the race division came from humans, is how humans perceive those genes… mixed people demostrated that race is not a reason for being disrespectful or Racist, becouse in the end we all the same … Humas…. genes are important becouse they talk about you…. important >>> in the end we are all the same we just came from different places.

arjanguelsk December 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Btw, like I said I respect all opinions , some of them are funny but every body have oppinios about this tipic becouse, know ITS THE TOPIC… But I really don’t like when mixed people deny one of there roots it dosen’t care if it’s black, withe, native, yellow…. For me is sad.

Anya April 13, 2012 at 3:11 am

A brave woman who had the courage to stand by her convictions while never losing her dignity. And a great ethnic mix too :)

sadie April 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Why because she refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man. Big deal!

fuzzybear April 4, 2012 at 4:48 am

To sadie

Why should she have to give up her seat?Why should she or any other black have to go to the back of the bus?The woman took a stand to unfair treatment.By this simple act,she made a statement that she or any other black person were not inferior to whites.I assuming your not black,and being that you have no idea what it like to be mistreated because of your skin color.This woman paid her money,and felt she had as much right to seat up front as any white person,That’s the big deal.In the era she did this,the woman could have been beaten as well killed,that’s the big deal.Now granted Rosa by no mean was the first to do something like that,but the woman does deserve credit,for sticking to her principles(especially in Alabama)

ethnic April 4, 2012 at 6:34 am

Fuzzybear is back! good to hear from you again.

fuzzybear April 11, 2012 at 4:22 am

To Ethnic

Thanks man,how have you been?Well from the count down below,some don’t share your joy.However that’s fine with me,I really want be commenting that much,so the ones that know me can relax(the know it all want say much).

ethnic April 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Hey man. I’m all good. Just trying to control the trolls on this site. As you can see there has been a lot of trolling going on.

LamarteStaton December 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I knew she was mixed you can just look at her and tell.

Breezy June 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

She is a woman to look up to, not a Kardashian. Girls these days -__-

Mike June 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

er no one says the kardashians are role models… but yeah

IGK 3 April 4, 2012 at 2:22 am

Why would black girls look up to the kardashians in the first place. She’s not even black. If anything they should look up to beyonce, or rihanna. but anyways I agree Rosa parks is defenetly a role model for black girls.

19934ever April 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

you’re partially correct black women need to look up to African American women but then again there’s nothing wrong with a Black girl to look up to a Caucasian women

fuzzybear June 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Great woman

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