Namibians get chance to remember Rosa Parks

Namibians get chance to remember Rosa Parks

THE US Embassy in Windhoek yesterday opened a book of condolences for US civil rights activist Rosa Parks. The public will be able to sign the book at the American Cultural Centre on the third floor of the Sanlam Building in Independence Avenue until November 15.

Parks sparked a human rights movement in the United States in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man. She was arrested and convicted of breaking the law.Parks, who died last Monday at the age of 92, will be buried in Detroit, Michigan, today.A letter by US President George W Bush, issued by the US Embassy in Namibia on Monday, ordered that the US flag be flown at half mast at the White House and all US buildings around the world until sunset on the day of her burial.On Monday, tens of thousands of people, including top politicians, filed by Parks’s coffin in the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C.She is the first woman in US history to lie in state at the Capitol.There were long queues outside the seat of the US government as blacks and whites, young and old, paid their respects to Parks.She was arrested and convicted of breaking the law.Parks, who died last Monday at the age of 92, will be buried in Detroit, Michigan, today.A letter by US President George W Bush, issued by the US Embassy in Namibia on Monday, ordered that the US flag be flown at half mast at the White House and all US buildings around the world until sunset on the day of her burial.On Monday, tens of thousands of people, including top politicians, filed by Parks’s coffin in the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C.She is the first woman in US history to lie in state at the Capitol.There were long queues outside the seat of the US government as blacks and whites, young and old, paid their respects to Parks.

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