2005_10_rosaparks.jpgRosa Parks, the Alabama seamstress who refused to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery bus and ignited the civil rights movement, has died at age 92 in Detroit. She had suffered from dementia since 2002, but Parks' legacy has reached far and wide for the past half century. After being tired of years of poor treatment on buses (she had had a run-in with the December 1, 1955 bus driver back in 1943), her decision to stay in her seat stirred the imaginations of many Americans, including Martin Luther King Jr. Her life and the events surrounding her arrest in 1955 are recounted with great detail in various obituaries from the New York Times, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, and Birmingham News.

Reverend Al Sharpton belives today should be a national day of mourning while Representative Charles Rangel says, "There is a little bit of Rosa Parks in all of us. America was ready to reject the racism and terrorism that existed in the South." Wikipedia on Rosa Parks and the My Story, as well as Julie-Dash directed TV movie, Rosa Parks, starring Angela Bassett.