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After an essay surfaced by the late civil rights icon that detailed the account of an attempted rape, the institute Rosa Parks founded isn’t happy the letter made its way to the media.

In the six-page handwritten essay, which some argue is really a personal narrative, Parks recounts the terrifying encounter:

“I was trapped and helpless. I was hurt and sickened through with anger and disgust.”

Parks also writes of the attempted rape: “I was ready to die but give my consent never. Never, never.”

Although some historians are excited about the find, a lawyer for the institute says the letter should have never been made public.

“The fact is she didn’t want the document to be disclosed. It’s equivalent to looking through her diary or journal. … She never authorized any person to look through her private papers.”

Gurnsey Auctioneers discovered the letter amid some of Rosa Parks’ belongings. They are planning to sell Parks’ effects to schools, institutions, museums or private buyers.

Should Rosa Parks’ institute be upset over the discovery of this letter or is it just a part of history?

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  • Shon

    I must be confused because I thought it was public knowledge that there was an attempted rape several years back (maybe 10 or more). However if the institute is upset because it’s her personal journal that’s being released then I understand. Especially if she did not give permission for this to be made public.

    • JustSaying…

      She was robbed and beaten by a crackhead that broke into her house in Detroit. As far as we know he didn’t attempt o rape her.

  • D-Chubb

    Rosa Parks was an integral part of the protest movement against rape that influenced the modern Civil Rights Movement. It’s detailed in a book called “At the Dark End of the Street” by Danielle McGuire. So, I’m not surprised to hear she may have been raped herself.