Detroit Building May Be Named After Civil Rights Icon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lawmakers in Washington are pushing to rename a federal building in Detroit after Rosa Parks. The building houses the Homeland Security office.

Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick is leading the legislation, which would help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Parks' refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.

Her arrest in 1955 set off a 381-day bus boycott organized by the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior. It was one of the Civil Rights Movement’s landmark events.

Parks moved to Detroit in 1957. She served on Congressman John Conyers staff.

Kilpatrick says the bill has the support of the entire Michigan delegation.


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