Remembering Rosa Parks
She’s being remembered as the “mother of the civil rights movement.” Rosa Parks died at her home in Detroit of natural causes at the age of 92. Fifty years ago, while living in Montgomery, she defied an order to give her seat up for a white man, saying she was tired of being pushed around. She was arrested, jailed and fined for her defiance. A bus boycott ensued in Montgomery… and then all over the country. The modern civil rights movement had begun. WBHM’s Steve Chiotakis spoke with the Reverend Abraham Woods, pastor of West Birmingham’s St. Joseph’s Baptist Church and president of the Birmingham chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — the group founded by Dr. Martin Luther King. He says Parks deserves her place in history for standing up to Jim Crow laws by simply keeping her seat.