Rosa Louise Parks was nationally recognized as the "mother of the modern day civil rights movement" in America. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, December 1, 1955, triggered a wave of protest December 5, 1955 that reverberated throughout the United States. Her quiet courageous act changed America, its view of black people and redirected the course of history.
One year ago on 24 October 2005 Parks died in her Detroit home of natural causes.
The image to the right was taken on Monday afternoon, 31 October 2005, directly across the street from the Metropolitan African Methodist Church as pallbearers escorted the body of Rosa Parks into the church where a funeral mass/service was held.
On the night before, 30 October 2005, I stood along South Capitol Street between L and I Streets in SE and captured the funeral procession as the body of Rosa Parks was escorted to the US Capitol where it would lay in state until late Monday morning. And as the body of Rosa Parks was escorted from the US Capitol to the M-AME Church I'd also captured the funeral procession in the Penn Quarter area on NW WDC along Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street.
My fourth installment of the Rosa Parks Funeral Service in Washington DC would occur just before and as the funeral procession arrived at the M-AME Church. The fifth and final installment captures the conclusion of the funeral service and as the funeral procession departed from the M-AME Church.
On the one year anniversary of Rosa Park's death may I bring your attention to 30 - 31 October 2005 Rosa Parks Funeral (WDC) Photographs Never Before Seen.