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World News: Thousands expected at Parks funeral Black Habits Articles People started lining up before dawn Wednesday to get inside a Detroit church for the funeral of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

Parks died last week at the age of 92.

Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson will deliver the eulogy, and soul legend Aretha Franklin will sing during the service, which will take place at the city's 4,000-seat Greater Grace Temple.

As many as 2,000 seats have been reserved for the public to honour Parks, who sparked the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955.

Parks's casket was moved to the church Wednesday morning after spending the night on view at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Tens of thousands of people filed through to pay their respects.

Earlier in the week, about 30,000 viewed the casket at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, where she was the first woman to lie in honour. Dignitaries, including U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife, attended a Monday memorial service for Parks in Washington.

On Sunday, a memorial service was held for her in Montgomery, Ala., where she defied a city bylaw by refusing to give up her seat. Her arrest and $14 fine triggered a bus boycott, led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Parks died on Oct. 24 in Detroit. She will be entombed in a mausoleum at Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery. The bodies of her husband and mother will also be moved there

Note: Last Updated Wed, 02 Nov 2005 06:52:04 EST CBC News
Posted on Wednesday, November 02 @ 10:37:00 MST by jcohen



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