In this Nov. 28, 1999 file photo, Rosa Parks smiles during a ceremony where she received the Congressional Medal of Freedom in Detroit.
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and move to the back of a Montgomery Ala. bus. That symbolically huge act of defiance by a physically small woman was pivotal moment in the movement against segregation.
Today, a granite statue will be unveiled at the Washington National Cathedral in honor of the civil rights icon. The new carving will be located in a section of the cathedral devoted to human rights. It honors those who struggled for social justice and equality.
The event includes an evening of prayer and song.