MSNBC Rosa Parks Parks’ estate sparks heated court battle

(MSNBC) Feud between the civil right’s icon and her caretakers

McCauley, one of 13 living children of Parks’ brother, Sylvester McCauley, filed a petition in Wayne County Probate Court last week seeking to be named the estate’s personal representative.

Shakoor and Steele are asking the court to recognize a will Parks signed in March 2003 giving them control of the estate. A Wayne County probate judge set a hearing for Jan. 3

Shakoor said he is only acting as Parks wanted.  “It’s the role Mrs. Parks placed me in, and the role that I’m honor-bound and duty-bound to fulfill,” Shakoor said Tuesday.  “I am not seeking conflict. I am just carrying out what Mrs. Parks expressed,” Shakoor said.

Last year, a federal judge named ex-Mayor Dennis Archer to represent Parks in a lawsuit against a rap group because of concerns about whether her interests were being adequately handled. Medical records show that Parks had dementia at least as far back as August 2002.



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