Parks debunked the myth that she refused to vacate her seat because she was tired after a long day at work. “I was not tired physically,” she wrote, “or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” She received The Congressional Gold Medal. Rosa Parks motivated other people, to stand up for what they believe in. She was born on February 4, 1913. She died on October 24, 2005. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the front, for or a white passenger on the bus.