Rosa Parks closer to pardon in Alabama





MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Gov. Bob Riley has signed legislation that sets up a process to pardon civil rights icon Rosa Parks and hundreds of others arrested for violating segregation-era laws.

Riley signed the bill April 21 without making an official announcement, Jeff Emerson, the governor's communications director, said Thursday.

Those arrested or family members of those deceased would have to request the pardons under the bill, which passed April 17.

The bill names the new law "The Rosa Parks Act." It could lead to pardons for Parks, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King and hundreds of others convicted of violating laws aimed at keeping the races separate.



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