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Tue Dec 1, 2015, 06:40 PM

Hillary Clinton Honors Rosa Parks at Memorial Service in Alabama [View all]

Source: newsweek

Hillary Clinton Honors Rosa Parks at Memorial Service in Alabama
By Jack Martinez 12/1/15 at 3:49 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets and gives a thumbs-up to Fred Gray, Rosa Parks' former attorney, before speaking at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Dec. 1, 2015, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Filed Under: U.S., Hillary Clinton, Rosa Parks, 2016 Presidential Campaign

Hillary Clinton paid her respects to Rosa Parks early Tuesday afternoon during a visit to Montgomery, Alabama..............

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus, an act of defiance that became a symbol for the civil rights movement.

To honor the 60th anniversary of Parks’s civil disobedience, Clinton spoke at a memorial service to be held at the Baptist church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached from 1954 to 1960. Parks and King were leaders of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which ultimately led to the desegregation of the bus system and became a starting point for the toppling of Jim Crow laws.

During her remarks, the former secretary of state called for an end to mass incarceration in America, an issue that her former boss President Barack Obama has taken up near the end of his second term by commuting prison sentences for some drug offenders and pressing Congress to pass criminal justice reform.

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/hillary-clinton-rosa-parks-anniversary-speech-church-alabama-400037

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