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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

UPI. Black Activist Kwame Toure (left), formerly Known as Stokely Carmichael at the University of Michigan to Discuss Civil Rights at a Forum. Another Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks (right), has a Lighter Moment with Toure after a Panel Discussion. Photograph, February 14, 1983. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (058.00.00)

Supporting the Black Power Movement

In October 1966 Stokely Carmichael delivered a major Black Power speech at Detroit’s Central Congregational Church. He paused to pay tribute to Rosa Parks, calling her his “hero.” Rosa reciprocally affirmed the Black Power movement, which evoked her grandfather’s Garveyism. She attended the 1968 Black Power conference with Carmichael and other leading advocates. During the 1979–1980 school year she visited the Black Panthers’ Oakland Community School, where a play was performed in her honor.