Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She died in 2005 at the age of 92. She changed America and she did it not by throwing bricks threw windows or burning anything down but by simply refusing to give up her seat in the colored section of a bus to a white passenger when ordered to do so by a bus driver on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks act of civil disobedience became one of the most important symbols of the American Civil Rights movement.
Rosa Parks became the 31st person to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. She was the first woman to receive that honor. An estimated 50,000 viewed her casket. Who says ordinary everyday people can’t change the world with a single act?