Latest Rosa Parks News

Rape victim's story is window on injustice, activism

Jun. 29, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Oprah Winfrey saluted unheralded #MeToo crusaders at the Golden Globes last January, she chose a rape victim from 1940s Alabama to drive home her point. "Recy Taylor, a name I know, and I think you should know, too," Winfrey said, sketching the outlines of the African-American...

New San Francisco mayor went from the projects to City Hall

Jun. 14, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's incoming mayor knows the yawning gap between rich and poor firsthand, having been raised by her grandmother in the city's drug- and violence-riddled projects. It is now the job of London Breed — the first black woman elected mayor of the city — to unite a...

The Latest: San Francisco mayor-elect visits her old school

Jun. 14, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on San Francisco's new mayor-elect (all times local): London Breed formally declared victory as San Francisco's mayor-elect at the elementary school where she got into her first fight and made life-long friends. Her speech was part love letter to the community and part...

Rosa Parks family home to be offered at auction this summer

Jun. 14, 2018 8:11 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South will be offered at auction after being turned into a work of art and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean twice. Guernsey's auctioneers said it will offer the house where Parks' family lived in a midsummer auction in New...

Dorothy Cotton, civil rights pioneer and MLK colleague, dies

Jun. 11, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Dorothy Cotton, who worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., taught nonviolence to demonstrators before marches and sometimes calmed tensions by singing church hymns, has died. She was 88. Cotton died Sunday afternoon at the Kendal at Ithaca retirement community in New York, said...

Civil Rights Historians tell little known story of WWII vet

May. 27, 2018 10:49 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hours after leaving military service behind in 1946, a decorated African-American World War II veteran still wearing his uniform was removed from a Greyhound bus while heading home, beaten by a white South Carolina police chief and left permanently blind. Sgt. Isaac Woodard's brutal...

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

May. 20, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered, folded and wrapped in rubber bands, in a courthouse box. Archivists at historically black...

He just wanted a burger: Civil rights pioneer made history

May. 18, 2018 3:11 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Bruce Boynton is a civil rights pioneer most people have never heard of. History books tell the story of his lawyer Thurgood Marshall, the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice, and Rosa Parks, who wouldn't give up her bus seat to a white man. Many even recall Boynton's mother,...