There was music and dance to commemorate the life of Rosa Parks, the woman many believe triggered the civil rights movement in America, but it was the words at this memorial that really reflected feelings for Mrs. Parks.
Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor says, "She was the great emancipator. When Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation, the Emancipation Proclamation, nothing really changed. The status quo was maintained. But when Mrs. Parks decided she would be free, emancipation from Jim Crow, everything changed."
County Magistrate Kathy Garner adds, "Mrs. Parks sat down so we could stand up."
Tallahassee Mayor John Marks remarks, "Now although her life was in many ways defined by that one moment, she had the ambition to touch others and her act will continue to inspire and encourage change, for she certainly touched my life."
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority member Demestria Smith says, "I feel honored to be a part of the same sorority that she's a part of because she's so influential or was so influential to people, to everyone, not just black people, but to everyone."
"Let us not forget that one person, one person can make a difference," announced Marks to the audience at the church.
In 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to white man. Sunday she is the first woman to lie in state in the nation's Capitol.
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