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President Trump honored civil rights icon Rosa Parks on the 62nd anniversary of her brave actions in a video posted to his official Twitter feed.

Trump praised Parks, who, on Dec. 1, 1955, refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus on the basis of her ethnicity.

"She was not going to give up her seat because of... the color of her skin," he said.

"Rosa Parks remained strong and stayed in her seat to defend the truth etched into our Declaration of Independence, that all of us regardless of the color of our skin are created equal by God," Trump said.

Trump said Parks' decision to stand firm inspired Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of others to come together in a movement to boycott the public transit system in the Alabama capital.

He said Parks "helped secure the freedom and equality that is every American's birthright."

In 1986, Trump and Parks were both awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Other honorees at the ceremony included Muhammad Ali and New York Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio.


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