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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Bob Adelman, photographer. Rosa Parks seated as an honored guest at the March on Washington, 1963. Photograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (043.00.00)

March on Washington

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference invited Rosa Parks to participate in the 1963 March on Washington. Shortly after arriving, Rosa discovered that she and other female civil rights leaders would march in a separate procession and no woman would appear as a speaker. They protested the exclusion. At the last minute, A. Philip Randolph added a “Tribute to Women.” Daisy Bates briefly spoke during the official program, and Rosa was recognized.