Another Side of Rosa Parks Part 2

I posted Part 2 late Thursday or early Friday so it has a Friday date.  I will be submitting a second post later tonight on Feb 8.  Also, I made a slight change to Part 1 beginning with the words “In 1944….”

Mrs. Parks, Nixon and other activists formed the Alabama Committee for Equal Justice for Mrs. Recy Taylor.  The Chicago Defender called this the strongest campaign mounted for equal justice in ten years.  The Recy Taylor case  was national news and activists and the Black press throughout the country were involved.

The outcome of the first trial was a forgone conclusion since none of the rapists were ever arrested and there was a racist all-white male jury.  The case was dismissed.  Shortly afterwards Mrs. Taylor received death threats and then white supremacists firebombed her home.  Mrs. Taylor, her husband and child went to live with Mrs. Taylor’s father and her siblings.

After much pressure from the Black community at-large, the case went before a second all white male Grand Jury.   Some of the assailants admitted they raped Mrs. Taylor but none were indicted and the case was dismissed.

The Black community was shocked and outraged a second time.  Although the outcome was devastating, this campaign was so well-organized it helped launch future successful civil rights efforts.  The Montgomery Bus Boycott being one of them, thanks in large part to Mrs. Parks.

Rosa Parks passed away on October 24, 2005 at her home in Detroit, Michigan. She was the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda, the first American non-government official and the second Black person to have this honor bestowed on her since its inception in 1852.

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