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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr accomplished more in 39 years of life than any man could wish to accomplish in 100 lifetimes. He was born January 15, 1929 into a life of Southern segration but would eventually be thrust into a unique position where he would become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.
'That man's terrible': Secret Jackie Kennedy tapes reveal her disgust over Martin Luther King's 'sex party' It has been said that Jackie Kennedy hated Martin Luther King so much she could barely look at photographs of him. In interviews taped in 1964 but only just released, she said the black civil rights leader was a ‘terrible man’ and a ‘phoney’. She claimed King bragged of being drunk at her husband John F Kennedy’s funeral and had been caught trying to set up an orgy.