The state legislature passed the so-called Rosa Parks Act last week. The new law removes criminal records for offenses committed during civil rights movement activities, including marches, sit-ins, and the disorderly conduct charges that stemmed from desegregating buses, lunch counters, and the like. The law would provide posthumous pardons as well.
Governor Phil Bredesen hasnt signed the bill yet. Similar legislation passed in Alabama, where Parks still has a record for her 1955 arrest following her legendary refusal to move to the black seating section of a public bus.