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.