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10/25/05 - Lufkin

Remembering Rosa Parks

by Ramonica R. Jones

Reverend Bettie Kennedy has an entire collection of Rosa Parks memorabilia and other reminders of the fight for equal rights. But her old books and photographs are for much more than show and tell.

"I remember going to the back door," Kennedy said. "I remember, because of my color, I couldn't sit in the theaters, couldn't go to dramas or plays that were given in the city here."

For years, Kennedy has traveled all across the state portraying historic leaders, activists, and civil rights pioneers. Rosa Parks is one of her favorite characterizations. Her death is a reminder that Americans still have a long way to go in the Civil Rights Movement.

"The fight is still today too, and sometimes I think it's coming back even more prevalent than it was in my day. It's a fight for us wherever we are."

Rosa Parks had unpleasant encounters with the Alabama bus driver long before she refused to give up her seat. Some say she was tired that day. Others say she was tired of injustice.

Rosa Parks died Monday night of natural causes at her home in Michigan. She was 92 years old.

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