On Wednesday (February 27), at the Capitol in Washington, the late Rosa Parks became the first black woman to be depicted in a full-length statue in Statuary Hall. Parks’s refusal in 1955 to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery, Alabama bus led to a bus boycott that lasted more than a year and helped trigger the civil rights movement.
President Barack Obama: “And in a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America and change the world.”
According to Parks’s biographer, her mother and grandmother taught her that part of being respected was to demand respect. Parks died in 2005 at the age of 92.