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October 28, 2005

Young And Old Pay Tribute To Mrs. Parks

30 minutes before the start of the Rosa Parks Memorial at the King Memorial Baptist Church, we had a chance to chat with Amelia Green. She'll turn 88 next week.

"She was just a nice person," Green recalls.

Green is old enough to remember her days with Mrs. Parks. In fact, they often rode the bus together but not the day Parks sat down and refused to get up for a white man. Even after Parks became famous, Green says her friend never changed, never lost sight of who she really was.

"She was always kind and sweet, easy-going and everything," Green remembers.

On the other side of the spectrum, a 9-year old said Rosa Parks' legacy impacted her life because it meant 'being able to get a great education.'

Troy University professor Dr. Scout Blum felt the call to attend Parks' memorial. Blum teaches history and wished many of her students had attended.

"I think a lot of the kids take for granted some of the rights and freedoms we have," says Dr. Blum.

In just a few weeks, WSFA will present an hour long special on the 50th anniversary of the bus boycott. A special that'll be more meaningful now that Mrs. Parks is no longer with us.

Reporter: Bryan Henry

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