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Today in 1913, Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. (BlackFacts.com)

Rosa Parks gets Congressional Gold Medal

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Rosa Louise Parks was named the “mother of the modern day civil rights movement” because of her refusal to surrender her seat on a bus to a white male passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This act is said to have redirected the course of history but Parks was an early activist for the notable “Scottsboro Boys,” case in the 1930′s as well as working for the NAACP. Mrs. Parks and her husband Raymond (1903-1977) move to Detroit in 1957 where she lived until her passing in 2005. (RosaParks.org)

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