Rosa Parks had the reputation of being a kind, gentle, and humble soul. She was quiet and respectful of those around her. The celebration of her life at her funeral should have matched that personality.

Those people who decided to use this occasion as a forum to advance their political views were absolutely out of line. Instead of focusing on the life of this human being and the advancements of the cause sparked by her protest, they decided to advance their personal agenda. There is a time and place for these comments and statements, but this was the most inappropriate circumstance. It did not serve Ms. Park’s memory and continued hope of unity.

To those persons who decided to advance themselves and their causes at the expense of this solemn occasion, shame be upon you.

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