"Each person must live their life as a model for others."
Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She is known best for starting the Montgomery Bus Boycott which led to the law that prohibited blacks from being put in the back of the bus. Shortly after the boycott, she moved to Detroit, where she briefly did similar work. She was also active in the Black movement and the support of U.S. political prisoners. Rosa Parks continued her work in Detroit under a U.S government official.
After retirement, Parks wrote her autobiography and lived a largely private life in Detroit. In her final years, she suffered from Dementia. Parks received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, The Presidental Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. She also received a statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.