Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pays tribute to Rosa Parks, saying she ''either did something tremendous or something rather humble.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton paid tribute to civil rights activist Rosa Parks on Tuesday (December 1) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott at the Dexter Avenue King Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. The Montgomery bus boycott was launched in protest of the arrest of Parks on Dec. 1, 1955, after she refused to give up her seat on a segregated Alabama bus. The nonviolent protests that followed came to define the era and brought to prominence a lead organizer, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "Rosa Parks came to sit with me at the 1999 State of the Union," Clinton said. "The entire Congress rose to give her a long standing ovation." "It always struck me, that depending on the way you look at it, Rosa Parks either did something tremendous or something rather humble," Clinton said. "On the one hand she helped ignite a social movement that sought to finish the work of the civil war and redeem the promise of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendment. On the other hand, she finished her shift at the Montgomery Fair Department store, took her regular bus home, sat where she and other African Americans always sat and when the bus driver ordered her to move, she quietly, so quietly....said no." "That's how history often gets made, isn't it, on an ordinary day, by seemingly ordinary people doing something extraordinary, it is only when we look back that we realize that that is the the day when everything began to change," Clinton added. The anniversary bookends a year of civil rights milestones in the United States, including the 50th anniversary of a historic march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery.