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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Rosa Parks to her mother Leona McCauley, May 19, 1956. Autograph letter. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (034.00.00)
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Rosa Parks to her mother Leona McCauley, May 19, 1956. Autograph letter. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (034.00.00)
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Rosa Travels on Behalf of the Bus Boycott

In 1956 Rosa Parks traveled across the U.S. making appearances on behalf of the bus boycott and the NAACP. In the spring she flew to Detroit, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, and Indianapolis, before spending two weeks in New York. There she met Roy Wilkins and Thurgood Marshall, toured Harlem with Ella Baker, and addressed the “Heroes of the South” fundraiser rally at Madison Square Garden. Eleanor Roosevelt, A. Philip Randolph, E. D. Nixon, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Pearl Bailey also participated in the rally. Rosa writes to her mother in this letter about her travels.

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