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ROSA PARKS - received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous 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.

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It took 40,000 Black people walking to work for 381 days in Montgomery bus boycott and Rosa Parks to make history.

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Obama breaks down in tears at funeral of 'Godmother' of American civil rights movement

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Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin: b. 1939; Claudette Colvin is a pioneer of the African-American civil rights movement. In 1955, she was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, preceding the better known Rosa Parks incident by nine months. Montgomery's black leaders did not publicize Colvin's effort for long because she was a teenager and became an unmarried mother. Given the social norms of the time, the NAACP leaders worried about using her to represent their…

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Today in Black History: October 24, 2005 “The Death of Rosa Parks”

Rosa Parks Death | Today in Black History: October 24, 2005 “The Death of Rosa Parks”