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Rosa Parks Visits N.J. School

June 12, 1999

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) _ History became a little more tangible for the students at the Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts when they were visited by civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

Mrs. Parks, 86, was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Ala., bus. Blacks responded with a crippling boycott, which many consider the start of the modern civil rights movement.

Students threw roses at her feet as she entered the school Friday.

``Rosa Parks sat down and said, `No. No. Enough is enough,′ to make it possible for you to understand that there is not a human being on the face of the earth who can keep you from achieving,″ actress Cicely Tyson said as she introduced Mrs. Parks.

Mrs. Parks, who lives in Detroit, is to receive the Congressional Gold Medal later this month. She was recently included in Time magazine’s list of top 20 heroes and icons of the 20th century.

Her visit was part of a celebration and fund-raising event for the school.

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