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Today is the birthday of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks who is known to us as “The First Lady of Civil Rights” and “The Mother of the Freedom Movement.” Rosa Parks is well-known by her story, when on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama she refused to give up her seat in the “colored” or “Black” section of the bus to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Her defiance, although not the first, became an important symbol in the Civil Rights Movement. She was the first woman and second non-U.S. governmental official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda. Had she lived, we would be celebrating her 102nd birthday. Rosa Parks was indeed a role model of courage, justice and hope.

http://www.biography.com/people/rosa-parks-9433715

 

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