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Rosa Parks is a noted civil rights activist.  She is mainly known for her December 1st, 1955 protest against laws requiring segregation -- she simply refused to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back of the bus in [[Birmingham]], [[Alabama]].  She was arrested and tried, and the case resulted in the 1956 Supreme Court ruling that overturned the Alabama law.

After a lifetime of productive activity in the cause of fighting racism, Parks was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in 1999.