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    ROSA PARKS dies at 92.. 1913-2005.. R.I.P.

    Civil rights icon Rosa Parks dies at 92

    Monday, October 24, 2005; Posted: 10:33 p.m. EDT (02:33 GMT)

    Rosa Parks earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    (CNN) -- Rosa Parks, who helped trigger the civil rights movement in the 1950s, died Monday, her longtime friends told CNN. She was 92.

    Parks inspired the civil rights movement when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, in December 1955.

    Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system by blacks and led to a court ruling desegregating public transportation in Montgomery.

    Parks, facing regular threats and having lost her job, moved from Alabama to Michigan in 1957.

    She joined the staff of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, in 1965, championing civil liberties. Parks later earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.

    Parks was the subject of the documentary "Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks," which received a 2002 Oscar nomination for best documentary short.

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    That's sad. She lived a long & VERY FULL life. She was great.

    I hope that poor woman didn't hear people comparing her to Cindy Sheehan. That alone would have killed her. :rolleyes:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAYEK
    That's sad. She lived a long & VERY FULL life. She was great.

    I hope that poor woman didn't hear people comparing her to Cindy Sheehan. That alone would have killed her. :rolleyes:
    Yes, it's sad. I guess she passed away at her home in Detroit. She was a tough lady...

    I could be wrong, but I think she had been suffering from dimentia for several years. If so, she probably wasn't even aware of who Cindy Sheehan was.

    I think Rosa Parks would have respected what Sheehan is doing, whether she agreed with it or not... at least her RIGHT to do it, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connecticut Victim
    Yes, it's sad. I guess she passed away at her home in Detroit. She was a tough lady...

    I could be wrong, but I think she had been suffering from dimentia for several years. If so, she probably wasn't even aware of who Cindy Sheehan was.

    I think Rosa Parks would have respected what Sheehan is doing, whether she agreed with it or not... at least her RIGHT to do it, anyway.
    that's an awfully empty-headed liberal things to say! (just kidding)

    The Hebrew traditions tell us to thank and praise God for taking Rosa Parks out of this mortal plane to her reward in a better place for the righteous deeds she committed on her long and rich (in spirit) walk through the world.



    Oseh shalom bim ro'mav. Hu-ya-ah-seh shalom aleynu v'al kol yisroayl v'al kol ha'goyim. V'imru Amen!

    ...peace for all Israel and all people. And for that, let us all say: Amen! Let it be so!

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    For anyone out there who may have been living under a rock and doesn't know who Rosa Parks was, this article contains more detail... :

    Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks Dies at 92
    By BREE FOWLER, Associated Press Writer
    23 minutes ago

    DETROIT - Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, died Monday. She was 92.

    Mrs. Parks died at her home of natural causes, said Karen Morgan, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.

    Mrs. Parks was 42 when she committed an act of defiance in 1955 that was to change the course of American history and earn her the title "mother of the civil rights movement."

    At that time, Jim Crow laws in place since the post-Civil War Reconstruction required separation of the races in buses, restaurants and public accommodations throughout the South, while legally sanctioned racial discrimination kept blacks out of many jobs and neighborhoods in the North.

    The Montgomery, Ala., seamstress, an active member of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was riding on a city bus Dec. 1, 1955, when a white man demanded her seat.

    Mrs. Parks refused, despite rules requiring blacks to yield their seats to whites. Two black Montgomery women had been arrested earlier that year on the same charge, but Mrs. Parks was jailed. She also was fined $14.

    Speaking in 1992, she said history too often maintains "that my feet were hurting and I didn't know why I refused to stand up when they told me. But the real reason of my not standing up was I felt that I had a right to be treated as any other passenger. We had endured that kind of treatment for too long."

    Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a then little-known Baptist minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

    "At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this," Mrs. Parks said 30 years later. "It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in."

    The Montgomery bus boycott, which came one year after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark declaration that separate schools for blacks and whites were "inherently unequal," marked the start of the modern civil rights movement.

    The movement culminated in the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination in public accommodations.

    After taking her public stand for civil rights, Mrs. Parks had trouble finding work in Alabama. Amid threats and harassment, she and her husband Raymond moved to Detroit in 1957. She worked as an aide in Conyers' Detroit office from 1965 until retiring Sept. 30, 1988. Raymond Parks died in 1977.

    Mrs. Parks became a revered figure in Detroit, where a street and middle school were named for her and a papier-mache likeness of her was featured in the city's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    Mrs. Parks said upon retiring from her job with Conyers that she wanted to devote more time to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. The institute, incorporated in 1987, is devoted to developing leadership among Detroit's young people and initiating them into the struggle for civil rights.

    "Rosa Parks: My Story" was published in February 1992. In 1994 she brought out "Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation," and in 1996 a collection of letters called "Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today's Youth."

    She was among the civil rights leaders who addressed the Million Man March in October 1995.

    In 1996, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to civilians making outstanding contributions to American life. In 1999, she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor.

    Mrs. Parks received dozens of other awards, ranging from induction into the Alabama Academy of Honor to an NAACP Image Award for her 1999 appearance on CBS' "Touched by an Angel."

    The Rosa Parks Library and Museum opened in November 2000 in Montgomery. The museum features a 1955-era bus and a video that recreates the conversation that preceded Parks' arrest.

    "Are you going to stand up?" the bus driver asked.

    "No," Parks answered.

    "Well, by God, I'm going to have you arrested," the driver said.

    "You may do that," Parks responded.

    Mrs. Parks' later years were not without difficult moments.

    In 1994, Mrs. Parks' home was invaded by a 28-year-old man who beat her and took $53. She was treated at a hospital and released. The man, Joseph Skipper, pleaded guilty, blaming the crime on his drug problem.

    The Parks Institute struggled financially since its inception. The charity's principal activity _ the annual Pathways to Freedom bus tour taking students to the sites of key events in the civil rights movement _ routinely cost more money than the institute could raise.

    Mrs. Parks lost a 1999 lawsuit that sought to prevent the hip-hop duo OutKast from using her name as the title of a Grammy-nominated song. In 2000, she threatened legal action against an Oklahoma man who planned to auction Internet domain name rights to http://www.rosaparks.com.

    After losing the OutKast lawsuit, attorney Gregory Reed, who represented Mrs. Parks, said his client "has once again suffered the pains of exploitation." A later suit against OutKast's record company was settled out of court.

    She was born Rosa Louise McCauley on Feb. 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Ala. Family illness interrupted her high school education, but after she married Raymond Parks in 1932, he encouraged her and she earned a diploma in 1934. He also inspired her to become involved in the NAACP.

    Looking back in 1988, Mrs. Parks said she worried that black young people took legal equality for granted.

    Older blacks, she said "have tried to shield young people from what we have suffered. And in so doing, we seem to have a more complacent attitude.

    "We must double and redouble our efforts to try to say to our youth, to try to give them an inspiration, an incentive and the will to study our heritage and to know what it means to be black in America today."

    At a celebration in her honor that same year, she said: "I am leaving this legacy to all of you ... to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die _ the dream of freedom and peace."
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    Hmmmmm... Who are the "Rosa Parks" of today??? Who REALLY makes a difference these days??

    Oprah Winfrey would surely have to be on this list...

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    Re: ROSA PARKS dies at 92.. 1913-2005.. R.I.P.

    aaaarrrrgggghhhh! How could you possibly compare DOPRAH to Rosa Parks?

    Ms. Winfrey owns some land in northern Indiana just outside Chicago. Several years some of her neighbors in the rural agricultural community attempted to mount a 'Hemp Education Music Festival' on their farm.

    Ms. Winfrey literally recruited the local Sheriff and his deputies to put the farm under siege for several weeks to prevent them from having the festival. People were unable to come or go without driving through roadblocks and submitting to unlawful, warrantless search. Hardly the ideals of Rosa Parks.

    More like elitist Technocracy Plutocratic subornation of our law enforcement agents as their personal paramilitary partners (PPP/SLIP/UPS/Win32 x86 NT/apm ANSI).PERIOD

    One of the main aims of the group was to attempt to gain certification for permission to grow high-fiber industrial hemp plants on their farms in the economically depressed community of smaller farms that cannot compete with the larger factory farms and huge 'mono-culture' tracts of corn.

    The farms that are lost to foreclosure are subdivided into lovely little estates for the over-affluent to buy for a little escape from their inner-city penthouse cages.

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    Re: ROSA PARKS dies at 92.. 1913-2005.. R.I.P.

    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho70x
    aaaarrrrgggghhhh! How could you possibly compare DOPRAH to Rosa Parks?
    I guess I should have made it clearer... I didn't mean it as a comparison question tommy... Rosa Parks was in a league of her own.

    What I'm asking is who is out there these days that are trying to make a real difference in people lives?? You know - "doable things" - things that help or get a reaction for the American people, whether they agree or disagree with the concept...

    I mention Oprah because she uses her celebrity in many positive ways... her book club has people reading and gives many new authors much deserved exposure; her angel network helps many, including college scholarships for kids who would otherwise be without; the list goes on and on... Plus she now has this new pedophile prosecution aspect of her show that will certainly change the laws in this country. Whether you like her or not, I think Oprah is probably one of the most powerful, non-political, figures going right now.

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    By calling Doprah 'non-political' you are clearly naive to the way the entertainment industry works -- their politics is filthier than anything the 'real' politicians do.

    She is selling an agenda -- aspects of it like what you list may be noble and all that, but she is still selling an agenda that conforms with the CW (Conventional WiZdom) of what is PC (Politically Correct) LIFESTYLE CHOICES for [$Normal]'kept sheep'.

    I doubt if we'll see her win any Nobel prizes or even a Presidential Medal of Freedom, for that matter. A few Emmies or Golden Globes is about her speed.

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    Check out her mugshot. She seemed to betray more calm than the Buddha.

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    Waking to this news has been absolutely shocking. As a young girl in the South even within recent decades and after the actions of Ms. Parks I experienced the same kind of discrimination. I just wish women today could find that sort of strength to stand up for what they believe in. Even if it means being shunned and ridiculed. She is a strong woman that will always be remembered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho70x
    By calling Doprah 'non-political' you are clearly naive to the way the entertainment industry works -- their politics is filthier than anything the 'real' politicians do.
    damn tommy, do I have to draw you a picture??

    By "non-political" I mean Oprah is NOT AN ELECTED OFFICIAL in ANY BRANCH of OUR GOVERNMENT... geez..

    I "get it" - you don't like her. But that doesn't change the fact that she is a very powerful figure in this country who has done many good things for her fellow Americans - can you AT LEAST agree with that?.. or not.. :cool:

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    Quote Originally Posted by gracefact
    I just wish women today could find that sort of strength to stand up for what they believe in. Even if it means being shunned and ridiculed.
    Who knows... maybe the passing of Rosa Parks and all of the coverage of her life will ignite some flames?.. ;)

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    She was a true American Hero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connecticut Victim
    damn tommy, do I have to draw you a picture??

    By "non-political" I mean Oprah is NOT AN ELECTED OFFICIAL in ANY BRANCH of OUR GOVERNMENT... geez..

    I "get it" - you don't like her. But that doesn't change the fact that she is a very powerful figure in this country who has done many good things for her fellow Americans - can you AT LEAST agree with that?.. or not.. :cool:
    Oh, you mean the "Entertainment Intelligence Community" isn't a branch of our government? Gosh, who knew?

    it's not just her that I don't like -- it's the entire industry she represents and the mental conditioning that their programming performs on weak-minded 'sheeple' for the 'Power Elite' of this 'Plutocratic Technocracy'.

    The incident in Indiana cost friends a lot of money and time in jail and courts, so that makes it a little more personal with her.

    If it will make you feel better, I won't disagree with you that some of the programs she espouses have been beneficial to people, but it won't change my view of her as an over-affluent, bubble-butted OREO or that your comparison of her to Rosa Parks, her life and her works is just a little far-fetched.

    If you had headed up your list with Shirley Chisolm or Ella Fitzgerald, you wouldn't have drawn any fire from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho70x
    Oh, you mean the "Entertainment Intelligence Community" isn't a branch of our government? Gosh, who knew?
    I will grant you that this "community" is, for the most part, out of touch with the rest of the world.. they certainly live in a world of their own.

    BUT.. when disasters happen here in the U.S., there is a high majority of them who step up to the plate and use their celebrity status to raise millions of dollars for the cause.. it's a "good thing".. :)

    The incident in Indiana cost friends a lot of money and time in jail and courts, so that makes it a little more personal with her.
    Got it....

    If it will make you feel better, I won't disagree with you that some of the programs she espouses have been beneficial to people, but it won't change my view of her as an over-affluent, bubble-butted OREO or that your comparison of her to Rosa Parks, her life and her works is just a little far-fetched.
    You don't have to humor me tommy... ;) and I WAS NOT comparing Oprah to Rosa Parks.........

    If you had headed up your list with Shirley Chisolm or Ella Fitzgerald, you wouldn't have drawn any fire from me.
    I can take the heat - no problem.. :cool:

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    What I haven't seen mentioned in any of these articles about Ms. Parks is that she was by no means the first one to do this...the fact that her case was acted upon has a lot more to do with the fact that she was employed by the NAACP at the time...as far as being "revered" by members of her Detroit community, the (black) guy who robbed her didn't beat her until AFTER he recognized her AND had all of her money.

    I think what we should do is close one lane of the I-10 freeway, one of the busiest and most congested highways in the world, during rush hour so some folks can wander around 'celebrating' Ms. Parks life...what? They did? Never mind.

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