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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Alabama legislature pardoned civil rights leaders
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On April 17, 2006, the Alabama legislature approved a bill that pardoned Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and several other civil rights activists from their convictions under the Jim Crow laws of the state. The bill was first approved by the state Senate in March 2006, and was signed into law by Alabama Governor Bob Riley. Rosa Parks helped trigger the civil rights movement across the country after she was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Parks died in 2005 at the age of 92.

Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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