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Virginia Durr hired Parks as a seamstress for her children’s clothes, including her daughter’s wedding trousseau, and Parks became a frequent participant in an integrated women’s prayer group that met at the Durr home until some white husbands broke it up. In the summer of 1955, Virginia Durr arranged for Parks to receive a scholar­ ship at the Highlander Folk School for its workshop on “Racial Desegregation: Implementing the Supreme Court 47 48 ROSA PARKS Rosa Parks and other students attended class at the Highlander Folk School, an institution founded to educate the poor and underprivileged to deal with economic and social problems.

While whites were generally asked to do nothing more than read a line or two of the Constitution aloud, blacks were made to pass a written examination consisting of 21 questions. In addition, voter registration officials did everything in their power to make it extremely difficult for blacks even to attempt to register. They opened the registration books only at The New Order a certain time each day, without announcing in advance what that time would be. Blacks had to call to find out if the books were open; most often the registrars opened the books at the most inaccessible times, such as during the late morning or early afternoon, when most blacks would be at work.

A Persistent Suitor In the spring of 1931, a friend of Rosa’s introduced her to Raymond Parks, who was then 28 and worked as a barber at a black barbershop in downtown Montgomery. After they had been introduced, Ray tried to call on Rosa, but she was not especially interested in him and did not care to see him again. Despite such discouragements—once, upon learning that it was him at the door, Rosa ran upstairs and hid under the covers of her bed—Raymond began to make the drive regularly from Montgomery to the McCauley home in Pine Level in his flashy red Nash rambler.

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