U.S. Honors Rosa Parks at Capitol

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After a memorial service in Montgomery, Ala., on Sunday, the body of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks was flown to Washington. She will lie in honor in the United States Capitol rotunda. Mourners have gathered to pay their respects to the woman who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus some 50 years ago.

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DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:

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On Friday, December 2nd, 1955, there was a tiny news item buried on the bottom of page nine in the Montgomery Advertiser. The headline: `Negro jailed here for overlooking bus segregation.' That arrest of seamstress Rosa Parks, hardly noteworthy to news editors that day, would mark a turning point in American history. Now tonight and tomorrow the body of Rosa Parks is lying in honor in the Rotunda of the US Capitol. Pilgrims lined up this afternoon to pay tribute to the civil rights pioneer. Judy Rasheed(ph) of Greensboro, North Carolina, was third in line.

Ms. JUDY RASHEED: I'm here to honor a fallen soldier, some--a flower actually that has been taken home. I'm here to pray for my grandchildren, yet unborn, so that their spirits can connect with Rosa Parks' in terms of the ancestry, so they can be in tune with standing for social justice for the world.

ELLIOTT: Rosa Parks died Monday at her home in Detroit. She was 92.

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