Rosa Parks was born on this date in 1913. This courageous woman inspired many civil rights supporters in 1955 by refusing to give up her seat in the section of an Alabama bus designated only for white customers. Her action added momentum to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and civil rights advocates eventually prevailed.
As could be expected, Parks' childhood eating habits reflected Southern culture, including dinners that featured catfish, fried ham and other meats. But in her adult years, she became a vegetarian.