Interview with Rosa Parks
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT KIND OF IMPACT DID HIS DEATH HAVE ON YOU PERSONALLY?

Rosa Parks:

It was just like any person murdered. I couldn't be any way than very upset, very devastated by the in, the United States of America that a child could be just taken out and killed. However, it parallels an incident that had happened in Montgomery not too long before this, except this was a young minister who had a singing group and my husband knew him and his mother. And he was supposed to have done something, I don't know what it was, but I think some white woman had made a request that—he had a radio program, a group of singers and seemed that she had made a request, I don't know whether it was by writing or how for him, for his group to sing a song and this is supposed to have led to him being in church with this person. And some men took him out to the Alabama River on a bridge and he supposedly jumped over into the river and they told his mother she had better keep quiet about it which she did. Her husband knew it and I guess the family and that was all. But the difference in his case and the Emmett Till case was because Emmett Till came from the North and the media picked it up. In this case, of course, was kept very much hidden so that is why in, around Montgomery it was supposed to have been a, good, race relations, quote unquote, because much of what was done to some families - and I happened to be at that time the Secretary of the Montgomery branch of the NAACP, as well as the Youth Council advisor - in many cases did come to my attention that nothing came out of because the person that were abused would be too intimidated to sign an affidavit, or to make a statement to let it be known what had happened.