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Paying Tribute to Rosa Parks

The NewsHour airs excerpts from Monday's memorial service in Washington honoring the late civil rights heroine Rosa Parks.

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    Well, you told me I done what you told me to do I have done what she told me to do

    JOHNNIE CARR, Childhood Friend of Rosa Parks: On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks said, "enough is enough." Ain't going to take it no more. So at that point when God gave her the strength not to relinquish her seat on that city line bus that day but to sit there and say," if I must suffer, I will suffer today."

  • JULIAN BOND, Chairman, NAACP:

    Ms. Parks was much, much more than the bus woman. She was much, much more than that. Eldridge Cleaver famously remarked that when she sat down that December day in Montgomery 50 years ago, somewhere in the universe a gear in the machinery had shifted. Rosa Parks shifted the gears of the universe all her life. Now she belongs to the universe.


    The year I was born, Rosa Parks decided to become my hero. She did not know this. She certainly did not know of me. I was an AME preacher's kid the fifth of sixth who throughout our lives were taught about the promise of possibility and the power of possibility. With a solitary sacrificial act she became the kind of black woman that I would spend the rest of my life striving to be.


    I'm here today to say a final thank you, Sister Rosa, for being a great woman who used your life to serve, to serve us all. That day that you refused to give up your seat on the bus, you, Sister Rosa, changed the trajectory of my life and the lives of so many other people in the world.


    She too was our shepherd. She restored our soul. She led us in the paths of righteousness. She walked through the valley of the shadow of death but she feared no evil because she knew the Lord was with her. Goodness and mercy followed her all the days of her life. And now — and now she dwells in the house of the Lord forever. God bless you.


    …I do believe

    We shall overcome someday.


    Funeral services for Rosa Parks will be held Wednesday in Detroit.

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