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ROSA PARKS LAW
(2007-06-07)
(wgvu) - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A law named after the late Rosa Parks
allows Tennessee residents to have crimes charged while protesting
segregation-era laws cleared from their records.
Governor Phil Bredesen (BRED'-uh-sen) has signed the Rosa Parks
Act into law. Records can be cleared beginning next month.
The law is named after the Civil Rights pioneer and Detroit
resident. Parks died in 2005.
She was arrested in 19-55 for refusing to give her seat to a
white man on a Montgomery Alabama bus. Her actions led to the
Montgomery bus boycott spearheaded by Martin Luther King Junior.
Some civil rights activists say they will not seek pardons in
Tennessee since they consider their arrest records badges of honor.
Last year, Alabama became the first state to pass the Rosa Parks
Act.
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