Pending expected approval by the U.S. House of Representatives and by President Clinton, Rosa Parks will be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest honor. Sens. Spencer Abraham (R-MI), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) sponsored the measure, which was approved by a unanimous Senate vote yesterday.
Parks sparked a yearlong boycott of Montgomery, Alabama city buses after refusing a order to give up a seat near the front of the bus for a spot in the back. The boycott, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., ended when the Supreme Court ruled that the Montgomery law requiring black passengers to sit in the back was unconstitutional.