“Each person must live their life as a role model for others.”


Rosa Parks 1913 - 2005
Rosa is one of the preeminent symbols of the Civil Rights movement due to her infamous act of civil disobedience in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa was seated in the colored section of a bus when she was ordered to give up her seat to a white passenger due to the white section being full. Historically, refusing giving up her seat made Rosa an iconic figure for boldly standing up against racial segregation, but personally she faced an unfortunate backlash, including being fired from her job as a seamstress. She eventually moved to Detroit and wrote her biography. Rosa is honored as also being the first woman to lie in honor at the United States Capitol Rotunda. The bus is now an exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.