The African American Museum in Philadelphia received a national treasure last Tuesday, as it was lent the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed on Soror Rosa Parks, known as the mother of the modern civil rights movement.
“We could not be more honored than to have this piece of history here with us at our own African American Museum in Philadelphia,” Mayor Nutter said of the medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress.
The medal was given to Soror Parks in 1999.
Soror Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including, Martin Luther King.
Soror Parks is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She accepted membership in 2000.
Originally posted on philly.com