Del Williams


Rosa Parks to Lie in State at the Capitol

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On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks rose to infamy when she refused to give up her seat on a Birmingham bus. Fifty years later she joins Presidents and leaders as one who the nation would like to say good-bye too.
Parks, who died Monday at the age of 92, will be the first woman to lie in honor at the Rotunda under the Capital Dome in Washington, DC. Parks is to be honored in the Capitol on Sunday and Monday "so that the citizens of the United States may pay their last respects to this great American."
In most cases, only presidents, members of Congress and military commanders have been allowed to lie in the Rotunda.
Parks would be the first woman and second black American to receive the accolade. She would also would be the second non-governmental official to be commemorated that way.
The Capitol event was one of several planned to honor the civil rights pioneer. Parks will lie in repose Saturday at the St. Paul AME Church in Montgomery, Ala., and a memorial service will be held at the church Sunday morning.

Following her viewing in the Capitol, a memorial service was planned for Monday at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington.
From Monday night until Wednesday morning, Parks will lie in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Her funeral will be Wednesday at Greater Grace Temple Church in Detroit.
Officials in Detroit and Montgomery, Ala., meanwhile, said the first seats of their buses would be reserved as a tribute to Parks' legacy until her funeral next week. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick put a black ribbon Thursday on the first passenger seat of one of about 200 buses where seats will be reserved.

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. Elie Wiesel
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