Outkast Reach Settlement with Rosa Parks

Published: 2005-04-18
"Ah ha, hush that fuss, everybody move to the back of the bus." This lyric from hip hop sensations, Outkast, in their song "Rosa Parks", has been causing hairs to stand up since 1998. The performers initially had a lawsuit filed against them in 1999, but have more recently come to a settlement, which will bring honour to Mrs. Parks who is now 92 years old.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man in a then segregated Montgomery, Alabama. This courageous act is said to have started the civil rights movement.

While Outkast, Sony BMG, Arista Records, and LaFace Records aren't admitting to any wrongdoing, they have agreed to record a song for a US civil rights tribute album in honour of Mrs. Parks, and also have become partners with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute which develops educational programs teaching kids about Mrs. Parks' involvement in civil rights.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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At least this song raised some awareness! I think its always good when music brings attention to important contraversial issues, good or bad. While I do not think that Outkast meant to trivialize Rosa Parks place in civil liberties history, a lot of young people listening to the music might not understand the impact that moment in history had. The ones who follow Outkast will have a little history lesson as the outcome of this lawsuit.
Posted by: Anonymous on April 18, 2005
This song has a sick beat, who cares about lyrics anyways...
Posted by: Anonymous on April 18, 2005
i liked the song rosa parks it has a cool beat
Posted by: Anonymous on January 17, 2006
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