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Friday, October 28, 2005

Honoring Rosa

It's official! Rosa Parks will join presidents and war heroes who have been honored in death with a public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda. She will be the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda, the vast circular room under the Capitol dome.

Today the United States House of Representatives passed by voice vote a resolution allowing Parks to be honored in the Capitol on Sunday and Monday "so that the citizens of the United States may pay their last respects to this great American." On Thursday night the United States Senate approved the resolution.

The nation has determined it wants to honor the spark that set the fire of the civil rights movement in the United States nearly fifty years ago. It's very fitting to honor this quiet she-ro in this way.

There are several groups planning to lobby to make Rosa Parks' birthday, February 4th, or December 1st, the day she refused to give up her seat, a national holiday. The nation can show its appreciation in a lasting tribute for the courage she showed during a time of great danger.


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