5 Myths about Rosa Parks

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‘Let us rejoice’: Alabama church cheers Hillary Clinton at Rosa Parks celebration.

Hillary Clinton staked a claim to the southern black vote Tuesday, receiving a warm welcome at one of the country’s most important black churches just a day after Donald Trump failed to win public approval from another group of black church leaders. “This is the day that the Lord has made,” Clinton said at the start of her speech in Montgomery, Alabama, and by the second half of the sentence the congregation had joined in: “Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Elsewhere, Clinton has received criticism from new civil rights activists, like the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, who say she isn’t doing enough to address modern concerns.On Dec. 1, 1955, seamstress and activist Rosa Parks used a bus ride in Montgomery, Ala., to spark interest in a struggle for civil rights that spanned her life.

But Clinton, the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, also marked the occasion with a special logo on her social media accounts. “It’s always struck me how, depending on the way you look at it, Rosa Parks either did something tremendous or something rather humble,” she said, noting that history is often made with an ordinary act “by seemingly ordinary people doing something extraordinary.” Speaking at the majority-black Dexter Avenue King Baptist Church, Clinton also said the United States must forcefully address issues like mass incarceration, gun violence and attempts to erode voting rights. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired residents to boycott the local bus network, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called for overhauling the criminal justice system, saying there is something “profoundly wrong” when black men are disproportionately stopped and searched by the police, arrested or killed. But much of that seemed to be lost on Clinton’s critics on Twitter, some of whom accused Clinton of being culturally tone deaf with her use of the logo. For the bus riders of Montgomery, who are more predominantly black now than during Parks’s now-famous ride, the continuation of her struggle is literal. She delivered the keynote address at the gathering, which was convened by the National Bar Association, the country’s largest organization of black attorneys.

Clinton addressed the crowd the country was reeling from another shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Chicago, and grappling with civil rights and racial justice issues that have become central to the 2016 presidential campaign. Bus rider Callie Greer says that buses are not a priority because they are used by people with low incomes, and according to a 2007 survey by the bus system, 84 percent of bus riders are black. Several shootings of black men by white police officers in major US cities have sparked protest – sometimes violent – and calls for more transparent policing. Clinton said: “We must strengthen the bonds of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” To accomplish that, she said, means “we must end the era of mass incarceration”.

Crump worked on the seminal cases of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, both prominent instances of violent deaths of young, unarmed black men in recent years. “It’s just an evolution.” Asked whether Clinton, as a presidential candidate, should call for a legal change requiring local police departments to report deaths during confrontations with police, Crump told the Guardian: “Absolutely. Clinton “the next president of the United States.” He talked about the first official planning meeting for the Montgomery bus boycott, a meeting that “took place in the basement of this church” in 1955, and said, “The struggle for equal justice continues.” Since the earliest stages of her presidential campaign, Mrs.

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