For 42 years, Rosa Parks lived an obscure life until one fateful day in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1955 Parks got onto the bus and because all of the seats were taken where blacks were allowed to sit, she sat down in the whites section. When the driver told her to move, she refused. She was arrested. Her refusal sparked the movement against segregation in Montgomery. Blacks pulled together and boycotted the buses for 381 days. On December 21, 1956, the boycott ended with the US Supreme Court declaring bus segregation unconstitutional.
To this day, she only says, "I did it because I was tired." In 1996, Parks was awarded the Presidential medal of freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 1999, she received the Congressional gold medal.