Many people don't know that Ms. Parks was a long-time civil rights activist, who was part of the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott. As the secretary of Montgomery's chapter of the NAACP, Parks worked with Medgar Evars and Martin Luther King to bring awareness to civil rights issues.
As a result of her arrest, Parks was fired from her job as a seamstress for a local department store.
She spent much of her later years as a resident of Detroit, Michigan, where she continued her activism.
You can read a more extensive biography of Parks here.