This coin introduces our "Women of Distinction" series by celebrating a true pioneer of our time. Not only does it honor Rosa Park's accomplishments but also celebrates Black history month. This coin is done primary in black and white with an antique silver finish and a Black Nickel finish.
The front photograph of the coin depicts Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat to a white person, while the back of the coin is an representation of the actual sign that hung on the bus.
On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her action sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Parks's act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including boycott leader Martin Luther King Jr., helping to launch him to national prominence in the civil rights movement.
Parks eventually received many honors ranging from the 1979 Springarm Medal to the Congressional Gold Medal, a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall, and the posthumous honor of lying in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.