“She was just an extraordinary figure that any student of American history, not African-American history, any student of American history should know and be aware of,” Ellis said.
Steele, wearing a lapel button that read, “I (heart) Rosa Parks,” said the fact that Parks’ belongings are stuck in court-ordered limbo is “very heartbreaking,” because it has taken away a powerful learning tool.
“If you see something of Dr. King’s or President Lincoln, Malcolm X, it’s quite special. ‘Wow. These were their personal things,’” Steele said. “That means quite a bit.”