From the Scenic Seward Highway in the Chugach National Forest, Alaska to the streets of Washington, D.C. — this year's Capitol Christmas Tree made quite the journey. Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images hide caption

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Rosa Parks joins in a march at the South African Embassy in Washington, Dec. 10, 1984, protesting that country's racial policies. She's famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, sparking the Montgomery boycotts — but her activism spanned her entire life. AP hide caption

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An unidentified Freedom Rider sticks his head out of a chartered bus window in Jackson, Miss., in August 1961. AP hide caption

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