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Rosa Parks, OutKast settle lawsuit

Band will work to develop civil rights programs
/ Source: The Associated Press

Rosa Parks and the music group OutKast have settled a 1999 lawsuit over an OutKast song that used Parks’ name in a title.

OutKast and their record labels will work with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, according to Parks’ guardian, Dennis Archer. He says they will develop educational programs for youth about Parks’ role in civil rights.

OutKast will also perform on a Parks tribute CD with other contemporary artists.

Archer says the settlement implies no fault by the defendants.

Parks gained a place in history for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. Her arrest triggered a 381-day bus boycott by blacks organized by the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior.