Standing for Miss Rosa

“I’ll go late in the day,” I tell my husband. “That way, I’ll avoid most of the crowd.” It’s Sunday, October 30, 2005, and Rosa Parks is coming to Washington. Her casket will lie in state in the rotunda of the Capitol building, and, from there, to its final resting place in Atlanta. I’ve lived in Washington off and on for almost 20 years. I’m a veteran of many marches here, and I’ve become adept at avoiding traffic snarls and delays generated by numerous marathons, protests, public holiday celebrations, and the general tourist flow🔒

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Gerri Williams, a member and alternate clerk of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.), is in graduate studies in International Migration Trafficking; she leads workshops on human trafficking for Friends' and other organizations.

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