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Thousands of Mourners Remember Rosa Parks


Thousands of mourners and an array of dignitaries have paid their final respects to American civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Her funeral Wednesday in Detroit overflowed with people, and many mourners stood outside because they were unable to get into the packed church service.

Mrs. Parks died last week at the age of 92. She had also been memorialized in Montgomery, Alabama and Washington, D.C. She was laid to rest Wednesday in Detroit, the city where she last lived.

Mrs. Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man, leading to a 381-day bus boycott by black Americans, and prompting a chain of events that eventually led to the end of legalized
segregation in the United States.

Speakers at her funeral included former President Bill Clinton, the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton; Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Kerry and Barack Obama. Aretha Franklin sang in tribute to the woman known to many as "Mother Parks."

The speakers called for the continuation of Mrs. Parks' work to support equal rights for all members of society.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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