Rosa Parks Refusal To Give Up Seat On Bus Sparked Bus Boycott 57 Years Ago Today [VIDEO]

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She was born Rosa Luise McCauley on February4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger was the final spark to ignite the city-wide bus boycott in Montgomery and launch a nationwide effort to end segregation of public facilities.

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Parks is credited with inspiring the civil rights movement with her solitary act of defiance on Dec. 1, 1955, that led to the Supreme Court outlawing segregation on buses. She received the nation’s two highest honors in her lifetime, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.

 

 

 

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