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Revered as a civil rights icon, Rosa Parks is best known for sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycottbut her activism in the Black community predates that day. In her first years in the organization, she worked specifically on criminal justice and its application in Alabama communities.
One part of this was protecting Black men from false accusations and lynchings; the other was ensuring that Black people who had been sexually assaulted by white people could get their day in court. Rosa Parks, who once refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, then worked on the staff of U. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. Parks is shown here on May 28, Never, never. It was the evening of Sunday, September 3 and year-old sharecropper Recy Taylor was walking home from church with her friend Fannie Daniel.
A car carrying seven young white men approached Taylor and accused her of attacking a white boy in a nearby town. The men forced her into the car under the pretense of taking the married mother to see the sheriff. They did not.
They blindfolded and gang-raped her, then threatened her with death if she reported the crime. However, Recy Taylor did not keep quiet.
Before the bus, rosa parks was a sexual assault investigator
After her father found her making her way home, she told him of her ordeal and then they went to the sheriff. Her friend, who had witnessed the abduction, also contacted the police. According to Taylor, the sheriff drove her to a store after hearing her story, to see if they could find any of her rapists.
In fact, he was able to find two of the young men. And the white boys said, yeah.
Louis told them to get in the car and he left. He just left. In s Alabama, segregationist laws and attitudes permeated every echelon of society. Parks was undeterred and returned to Montgomery where she promptly launched the Committee for Equal Justice for the Rights of Mrs.
The committee made sure the case received national attention and by October, it was headline news. In this Oct. The Alabama Legislature officially apologized to Taylor, who was raped nearly seven decades ago by a gang of white men as she walked home from church. Ebenhack, File. On October 9 of that year, a grand jury refused to indict the defendants.
No charges were ever brought against the men. McGuire, published in Twice a week we compile our most fascinating features and deliver them straight to you.
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