ROSA PARKS - received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.
Rosa Parks - (1913–2005) African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", & "mother of the freedom movement". In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver's order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
One of the last surviving Native Americans who used their tribal languages to outwit the enemy during the Second World War has died in Oklahoma, aged 96. Edmond Harjo, a member of the Seminole Nation who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his war-time service.
Harold K. Hoskins, Sr. (1927-2012) was an American pilot and Tuskegee Airman who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. In 1945, he joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and learned to fly at Alabama's Tuskegee Air Field. In 1971, he retired as a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel after logging 9500 flight hours. Hoskins later became assistant vice president of student affairs at California State University at Hayward.
12 September 2012. Palmer speaks after receiving the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony in Washington, DC. Palmer was recognized for his contributions to golf and historic contributions to the nation.