Although African Americans had been marginalized in American society, Rosa Parks aspired to realize the promise of the Declaration of Independence that: “”We hold these truths to be self- evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Parks believed in these words and the ideals behind them. Parks is a highly successful example of a citizen leader. Initiating the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, Rosa Parks took her fateful steps into history and resolved to test whether America was truly a land where “all men are created equal”. She inspired America to live up to its ideals. This maquette of an over life-size bronze statue of Rosa Parks for the Alabama State Capitol is of a vigorous figure, stepping forward, turning her head and Stepping Towards Equality.