Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Rosa Parks has reached a mountain top. … She demonstrated one person can make a difference,” said John Mack, former director of the Urban League of Los Angeles as he stood before the First AME, the church where the 92-year-old Parks worshipped when visiting Los Angeles. At another remembrance ceremony along the Crenshaw Boulevard freeway overpass, community activists gathered to place a small pot of pink flowers, to tape photocopied pictures of Parks to the railing of the overpass and to sign a memorial card. “The nation, the world, has lost a great, great figure,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, a commentator who runs the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable – a forum on black issues. “We wanted to give people in the county – in Los Angeles – a place where they can go, where they can show their appreciation.” The First AME Church at 2270 Harvard Blvd. will hold a public memorial at 11 a.m. Friday. As she had in life, Rosa Parks stopped traffic Tuesday. This time, traffic slowed to honor her civil-rights legacy. Along a stretch of the Santa Monica Freeway named after her, a handful of prominent black church leaders, politicians and community activists paid homage to the quiet and dignified seamstress who gave the nation pause in the cause for racial equality. Parks, 92, died of natural causes Monday at her home in Detroit. Drivers honked horns and transit workers stopped as local politicians laid a wreath below a green Rosa Parks Freeway sign. Parks’ simple action – refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in the segregationist South of 1955 – sparked the civil-rights movement, which gave rise to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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