The Washington Post description of Rosa Parks lying in state in the U.S. Capitol is touching. As the report says it reflects her life: dignified, understated.
To me it points up the reality of life behind the headlines. Here was a huge diverse crowd united in expressing their admiration and thanks for this courageous act from someone who did not court publicity, but touched their lives. And here was the mighty President Bush standing in front of the coffin to pay his respects. She towers above him. Rest in Peace Rosa.
Meanwhile back at the bus stop two elderly people, one black, one white remember and discuss how things have changed. Others discussed her legacy as they moved from the Capitol to the memorial service. Many know that deep-seated racism continues to exist and see Rosa Parks as a beacon to inspire the continuing struggle.
Other reports: N.Y. Times; Scholastic