H.H. Leonards purchased the O Street Mansion 50 years ago as an art space, but the impact it had helping Rosa Parks is a story many may not know. Leonards got a call from Brother Willis Edwards of the Beverly Hills branch of the NAACP asking if Ms. Parks could stay in the mansion until she was able to heal emotionally and physically after being attacked in her Detroit home. Leonards, who said she didn’t know who Parks was, agreed, and a beautiful 10+ year friendship between the two women was fostered. And to that end, Leonards has written “Rosa Parks, Beyond the Bus: Life Lessons and Leadership.” This is truly one fascinating conversation that will simply blow your mind!
Founder and Chairman of the O Street Mansion and Museum in DC
- By Melanie Breault