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Today, Rosa Parks became the first African American woman to be honored with a life-size statue in the Capitol Building. Reflecting on her decision to disobey the city of Montgomery’s ordinance that segregated bus seating by race and required African American riders to stand when there were no white-only seats left, Parks said: “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

Today, Rosa Parks became the first African American woman to be honored with a life-size statue in the Capitol Building. Reflecting on her decision to disobey the city of Montgomery’s ordinance that segregated bus seating by race and required African American riders to stand when there were no white-only seats left, Parks said: “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”