On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, defied a local
segregation ordinance in Montgomery, Alabama. She refused to give up her
seat on a city bus to a white man and move to the back. The incident led
to a wave of protest that ultimately tore down segregation laws across
Rosa Parks like a rolling stone unleashed a potent force for
change in the US Civil Rights movement in the 1960's. She was awarded the
Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1996.
"Well my mother told my father just before I was born,
I got a boy child commin', gonna be a Rollin Stone... "