In Memoriam: Rosa L. Parks (1913-2005)

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The Rock River Times remembers Rosa L. Parks, 92, who died in Michigan Monday, Oct. 24. She was known as the mother of the civil rights movement for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in 1955. Her action triggered the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott, which helped initiate the civil rights movement. Parks was arrested for violating a city law requiring whites and blacks to sit in separate rows and that blacks give up their seats to whites. Local black leaders formed an organization to run the boycott, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was chosen as president. The boycott ended when the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated seating on the city’s buses unconstitutional. The Rock River Times salutes a true American heroine.

From the Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2005, issue

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