A handwritten letter written by Rosa Parks recalling Rev Martin Luther King Jr.’s work within the civil rights motion is on sale for USD 54,000 (Rs 40,63,959). The letter, dated October 6, 1981, was despatched to a Mr Kessler greater than a decade after King’s assassination.
“I admired and respected him as a truly great man committed and dedicated to freedom, peace and equality for all oppressed humanity,” Parks writes about King within the letter.
“He was a leader of the masses in Montgomery, Alabama and the nation.” Moments in Time CEO Gary Zimet, whose company is promoting the letter, instructed AL.com it’s the one letter the place he’s seen Parks mentioning King, and said it’s uncommon as a result of it’s handwritten. “Even her typed letters are scarce,” Zimet said.
Parks was arrested after refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery on December 1, 1955. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, a pivotal second within the civil rights motion.
The boycott turned King, who was a younger minister, into a pacesetter within the motion. The 381-day protest of the segregated bus system ended with a US Supreme Court ruling that segregated public buses have been unconstitutional.
Parks died in 2005 at age 92. A statue commemorating her life now stands in Montgomery.