Rosa Parks: 60th anniversary of refusing to give up her seat

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Civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, at the U.S. Capitol on June 15, 1999. (Photo: GEORGE BRIDGES/AFP/Getty Images)

DENVER — 60 years ago Tuesday, Rosa Parks made history when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

The black seamstress was arrested on December 1, 1955, and the incident sparked a year-long bus boycott.

Major figures in the Civil Rights Movement took part in the boycott, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy.

The boycott lasted until December 1956, when the Supreme Court ruled segregated bus laws in Alabama and Montgomery were unconstitutional.

Parks’ actions led to her being called “the first lady of civil rights.”

In 1999, she received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Parks died six years later at the age of 92 and was the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

— Fox NewsEdge contributed to this story.

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