Jamaican-American Pol. Wants Rosa Parks Commemoration Day

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Oct. 31, 2005: Jamaican-American Councilmember Yvette Clarke, (D-Brooklyn), wants an official ‘Rosa Parks Commemoration Day’ in New York City.

The city politician’s request, which will be officially introduced as a resolution to the New York City Council soon, comes as a nation bids final farewell to the civil rights icon, whose body lies under the soaring dome of the Capitol Rotunda for public viewing. She will be laid to rest in Detroit on Wednesday.

Councilmember Clarke, along with Councilmember Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn), will jointly introduce the resolution calling for the day to be commemorated on Dec. 1, the day some 50 years ago when Parks simple, non-violent act of refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Alabama, helped put an end to legalized segregation in the United States.

Should the resolution be passed, the Council will declare that December 1st shall annually be observed as Rosa Parks Commemoration Day in New York City.

Councilmember Barron initially introduced the resolution for the Rosa Parks Commemoration Day several weeks ago. Upon Mrs. Parks’ death, Councilmember Clarke introduced a resolution calling upon the City Council to honor Parks’ life and legacy. The two resolutions were joined and also supported by other councilmembers – Bill Perkins (D-Harlem), Lew Fidler (D-Brooklyn) and Letitia James (D-Brooklyn).

Meanwhile, President Bush yesterday ordered that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, the day Parks is buried, throughout the United States and its territories and at all foreign consuls and missions until sunset. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, members of Congress and scores of Americans filed past Parks’ casket as it lay in the Rotunda yesterday.

She is the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda, sharing an honor bestowed upon Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and other national leaders.

Public viewings resume today from 7 a.m. through 10 a.m. Parks, 92, passed away on Oct. 24. – Hardbeatnews.com