On This Day: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist. Best known for her work with the Civil Rights Movement and her arrest for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. Rosa Parks worked with many important figures in the Civil Rights Movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Rosa Parks received the NAACP's Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall.

Who was Rosa Parks?

Jeanne Theoharis, political science professor at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, talked about the actions of Rosa Parks and her early life.