Rosa Parks' archive opening to public at Library of Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in 1955, reflected later about how it felt to be treated less than equal and once wrote how tired she was of being "pushed around."
Now her writings are being made available to the public for the first time starting Wednesday at the Library of Congress. Experts say the collection gives a fuller view of a woman remembered by many simply for an iconic image of a nonviolent seamstress who inspired others to act at the dawning of the civil rights era.
A years-long legal battle between Parks' heirs and her friends long kept the collection from public view. But in 2014, philanthropist Howard Buffett bought the collection and placed it on long-term loan to the library.
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