Celebrate Women’s History Month | March

Rosa Parks

People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired ... the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.

Rosa Louise Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on Februrary 4, 1913. Her activism for racial equality and civil rights resulted from her experiences as a daughter of former slaves, a student of segregated schools, and a seamstress at a shirt factory in Montgomery, Alabama.

On December 1, 1955, Parks became known as a prominent figure of the Civil Rights movement when she was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery. Her simple gesture inspired a citywide boycott. Furthermore, her bravery eventually inspired a nationwide effort to end segregation in all public facilities.

On February 27, 2013, President Obama and several other lawmakers dedicated a life size statue of her that will sit at the Statuary Hall of the Capitol. The statue was authorized by Congress in 2005 after her death. She is the first ever African American woman to receive the honor.

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