Rosa Parks

  • JUDGE Oct 9, 2019

    Alabama Capital Elects First Black Mayor in 200-Year History

    Alabama’s capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday. Probate Judge Steven Reed, 45, clasped the history-making victory to be elected the next mayor of Montgomery after defeating businessman David Woods by a decisive margin. Reed won about 67% of the...

  • Daniel Macht Aug 27, 2019

    Barbie Releases Dolls Honoring Rosa Parks, Sally Ride

    Mattel has released new Barbie dolls that pay tribute to civil rights activist Rosa Parks and astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. The dolls, which were timed to coincide with Women’s Equality Day on Monday, are the latest in the Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” series. Parks was called the “mother of the modern civil rights movement” after she...

  • D.C. May 20, 2019

    3 Handwritten Wills Found in Aretha Franklin's Home

    Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the “Queen of Soul,” including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday. The latest one is dated March 2014 and appears to give the famous singer’s assets to family members. Some writing is extremely...

  • Facebook Apr 3, 2019

    ‘White Power' Symbol Found After Fire Destroys Social Justice Center That Hosted Rosa Parks, MLK Jr.

    A Tennessee social justice center that has hosted iconic civil rights leaders was destroyed in a fire and a “white power” symbol was found on the site, the center said and NBC News reported. The symbol, which officials did not describe but said was connected to the white power movement, was discovered after the main office was completely destroyed in...

  • D.C. Oct 31, 2018

    Fans Mourn ‘Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin at Gospel-Infused Public Viewing

    Thousands are expected to pour into Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin. Hundreds of people were already lined up after dawn Tuesday, many from Detroit but others from as far as Las Vegas and Miami. The setting for the public viewings could not be more...

  • United States Jul 27, 2018

    Mysterious Missing Parts of Malcolm X's Autobiography Found

    For decades, a burning question loomed over a towering 20th century book: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”: What happened to the reputedly missing chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African-American firebrand assassinated in 1965? The answer came on Thursday, when an unpublished manuscript of a chapter titled “The Negro” was sold by Guernsey’s...

  • spokeswoman Apr 25, 2018

    New Robots at Smithsonian Museums Will Answer Questions, Play Games and Take Selfies

    Four-foot-tall, “wide-eyed” robots with touch screens are now dancing, playing games and taking selfies with Smithsonian visitors at six museums, the Smithsonian announced Tuesday.

  • Rhode Island Mar 30, 2018

    Rosa Parks House to Be Shown, After Trans-Atlantic Odyssey

    The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South will be briefly displayed in Rhode Island, after a trans-Atlantic odyssey conceived by an artist and a Parks family member determined to preserve the civil rights activist’s legacy.

  • NBC Feb 4, 2018

    5 Little-Known Facts for Rosa Parks' 104th Birthday

    Rosa Parks’ commitment to social justice and the fight for equality reaches way beyond the bus. In honor of what would be Rosa Parks’ 104th birthday on Sunday, take a look at some lesser-known facts about the civil rights icon’s life before she became a public figure. Her early political career focused on issues of interracial sexual violence, and she...

  • Milwaukee Jan 23, 2018

    Oprah Winfrey's Full Golden Globes Acceptance Speech

    The following is the full text of Oprah Winfrey’s speech as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards:

  • NBC Dec 29, 2017

    Recy Taylor, Whose Rape By 6 White Men Helped Spark Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 97

    Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, died Thursday. She was 97. Taylor died in her sleep at a nursing home in Abbeville, her brother Robert Corbitt said. He said Taylor had been in good spirits the previous day and her death was sudden. She would have been 98 on...

  • King Feb 26, 2017

    Kindergartner Transforms Into Rosa Parks and Other Black Female Icons

    A mother and daughter from the Evergreen State have put a new spin on playing dress-up. Each day in February, Cristi Jones of Kent, Washington, takes to Twitter to post a portrait of her 5-year-old daughter, Lola, dressed up as a black female pioneer to celebrate Black History Month.

  • Arizona Dec 1, 2015

    60 Years After Boycott, Montgomery Buses Can Be ‘Inadequate'

    Sixty years after Parks’ arrest sparked the historic boycott to end racial segregation on Montgomery’s buses, the overwhelmingly black ridership of Montgomery’s bus system no longer faces legalized racial segregation — but they face a bus system that advocates call inadequate. “We went from the back of the bus to where’s the bus?” said Stephen Stetson, a policy analyst for...

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