Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Alabama in 1955. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities in the United States. Her bravery led to worldwide efforts to end racial segregation. Parks was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal for her civil rights work.
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