On October 24, we bid goodbye to Rosa Parks, the civil rights leader who became famous when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white man, and who helped lead the ensuing civil rights movement. Mrs. Parks worked with the UNITE HERE Civil Rights department on several occasions, most specifically with our civil rights designees as one of our first presenters to our predecessor union ACTWU during a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Atlanta. She charged us with staying focused on the importance of civil rights and human rights, and she made special comments to the diversity of our committee and saluted our union for our vision in making diversity a reality rather than rhetoric.Mrs. Parks was a personal friend to Martha Wilson from our Detroit office/region and to International Vice President Clayola Brown.