Magazine article The Crisis

The Nation Honors Rosa Parks

Magazine article The Crisis

The Nation Honors Rosa Parks

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Even in death Rosa Parks made history. The civil rights legend, who died on Oct. 24 at the age of 92, was permitted to lay-in-honor in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. A Congressional resolution, passed just four days after her death, granted the honor "so that the citizens of the United States may pay their last respects to this great American."

"It is a national honor that our leaders in the highest branches of government realized that this kind of tribute in the Rotunda, where so few people have been honored, means that she meant so much to the government," said John Conyers during a tribute to Parks in the Capitol Rotunda, which President Bush attended. "It's not just a civil rights victory. It's an American victory."

Parks was the first woman, the second African American and the second nongovernment official to be so honored by the nation. Since 1852, only 28 others have lain in state or in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, including nine U. …

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