Thursday, February 4th marks the American observance of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks. On December 5th, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama to a white man. In this moment she became an iconic symbol in the Civil Rights Movement. Below are five interesting facts you should know about “the mother of the freedom movement.”

  1. Rosa Parks worked several jobs as housekeeper, seamstress, secretary, and life insurance agent.
  2. After the U.S. Supreme Court declares Montgomery bus segregation laws unconstitutional and illegal, the boycott ends and buses are integrated on December 20, 1956.
  3. In the Smithsonian Institute, there is a bronze bust of Parks in the National Portrait Gallery.
  4. Rosa was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Bill Clinton in 1999.
  5. In 2004, Rosa Parks filed a lawsuit against the music group OutKast over their song “Rosa Parks,” seeking $5 billion from record and distribution companies and stores that sang the song — stating the song violated her publicity and trademark rights.