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Funeral for Rosa Parks Under Way in Detroit; Roadside Bombs Insurgents' Weapon of Choice; Secret CIA Prisons Reported

Aired November 02, 2005 - 14:02   ET


TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Live pictures from Detroit, where former presidents, preachers and people from all walks of life are honoring civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. We will bring you live coverage of that event throughout the hour.
And we expect, Daryn, Aretha Franklin to sing at the service. That is coming up soon.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: That will be something to hear.



HARRIS: From the CNN Center in Atlanta, I'm Tony Harris.

KAGAN: And I'm Daryn Kagan. Kyra Phillips is on assignment. You'll see her later tonight, 10:00 p.m., out of New York City.

LIVE FROM -- that's what show we're doing -- LIVE FROM starts right now.

And for the past three hours we have been watching as the community, indeed, a nation of varying ages, religions, ethnic backgrounds honor Rosa Parks one last time. People began lining up well before dawn outside the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit -- that was her adopted hometown -- all waiting to pay their final respects to a woman who took a stand by refusing to give up her seat on a bus.

One who knew the civil rights legend well is historian Douglas Brinkley. He's joining us from New York City with more.

Doug, good to have you staying with us here.

DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, AUTHOR, "ROSA PARKS": Thank you for having me.

KAGAN: As you've been listening in to this service, and as somebody who had a chance to meet and interview Rosa Parks, what is striking you about what people are remembering about the woman?

BRINKLEY: Well, I thought John Conyers was very good. And he's such a crucial figure in her life. But what he didn't say was that when he hired her it was brazen because he was a young congressman then. And I read the letters, the hate letters that Conyers got about hiring Rosa Parks. White supremacists were writing in, saying the most vicious, vile things, "Rosa, you're nothing but a cleaning woman." I can't use the kind of language that were in these letters. Some of them cut out in kooky magazine-like fashion and pasted.

And so Conyers, you know, went to bat for her. And it was important because when he hired her in '65, you know, she had no insurance, she had no pension coverage. This job working for him as a congressman became really her life bread in the years.

And secondly, I think that we're beyond the non-violent, what an angelic woman she was. She did have a feisty side. Not a mean side.

And a week before Malcolm X was assassinated she was with him. You know, Malcolm X was known as Detroit Red and spent a lot of time in Michigan. And she -- Malcolm X had come back from Mecca, and he got along with Rosa Parks fine. And she later said, you know, "The one thing Malcolm is right about and Martin's not, is that I believe getting slapped once in the cheek. I believe getting slapped twice in the cheek and turning it, but if you slap me a third time, I'm going to slap you back."

And so, she had a -- you know, and she was really enamored that King was able -- she was with him once in Montgomery for an SCLC reunion, I believe in Birmingham, and a man, a crazy man came up on stage and actually started attacking King. And Dr. King just dropped his arms, and Mrs. Parks ended up getting -- his face got a little swollen and she's the one who gave Dr. King an aspirin.

And she said, "You know, he really believes in Gandhi and non- violence. I've never seen like a man like Dr. King put it to action when someone was physically hitting him."

Dr. King didn't swing back and, in fact, started asking him, you know, why did you do that? What is your problem? And the next day Rosa Parks said the police actually took this guy out of the arena, and the next -- he was in jail, and Dr. King was calling the next morning making sure this guy got released from jail. He didn't want to put him in the system even though he was somebody that attacked him.

And that's what -- that was the King that she loved so dearly. You couldn't exaggerate how much Rosa Parks cared about Martin Luther King Jr. and saw him as the epitome of grace and courage. And she just was glad to be part of his choir.

KAGAN: Well, and Ambassador Young, earlier today when I was visiting him, was pointing out how it's interesting how these two characters, how Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King came to be in Montgomery, Alabama. How they were like the two people you might not have predicted who weren't looking to be leaders but were put in the place and the time and took advantage when they were called upon -- Doug.

BRINKLEY: Oh, I'm sorry. Yes, well, that's right. I mean, it became -- you know, history's a curious thing. It was as if all the machinery stopped and suddenly you had these two -- you know, Rosa Parks was -- her -- I heard Ambassador Young mention this point earlier, but the power she had was that she was such a Christian woman and was at the (INAUDIBLE) church. And she never had children herself, Rosa Parks, but she ran the NAACP youth council.

Kids loved her, and she loved kids. So when they arrested her and booked her like a criminal around Montgomery, at first people laughed. It was like, you know, Rosa Parks is in jail? Can you believe it? But that laughter came into, how corrupt and sick can these people be in Montgomery and Alabama and in the South and in America that they would put a woman like that in prison and treat her as a criminal?

And so, if you were walking during the Montgomery bus boycott for over a year, and let's say you needed a lift for two miles to get somewhere, and it was raining and you didn't want to walk home, you wanted to hop on that bus, it was right there, all you had to say in your mind or to your lips was the words "Rosa Parks" and you'd keep on walking.

That was her power. But Dr. King gave voice in the speeches he gave and the way his leadership came to the forefront. And King became the leader in Montgomery not because he was so -- considered at that point the 27-year-old brilliant orator, which he was, but some of the senior people in Montgomery that had been there longer, were feuding amongst themselves, and King in many ways was a compromised choice.

But they road together on wave, King and Rosa Parks. And together they launched the modern civil rights movement.

KAGAN: Doug Brinkley, historian.


KAGAN: Thank you for your perspective there as we continue to watch the funeral of Rosa Parks -- Tony.

HARRIS: Love all the details. That's wonderful to hear.

KAGAN: Yes, he's a great storyteller.

HARRIS: After the service, Parks' casket will be taken by horse- drawn carriage to Woodlawn Cemetery, where she will be interred in a mausoleum next to her husband and mother.

A look back now at some of the emotional moments of today's tribute.



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WILLIAM J. CLINTON, FMR. PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: As if it were yesterday that fateful day 50 years ago, I was a nine-year-old southern white boy who rode a segregated bus every single day of my life. And I sat in the front, black folk sat in the back.

When Rosa showed us that black folks didn't have to sit in the back anymore, two of my friends and I who strongly approved of what she had done decided we didn't have to sit in the front anymore.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have gathered to participate in this, the national victory celebration of Mother Parks. It is with mixed emotions ranging from tears of sadness to tears of joy that we say yes to the will of god. And we thank the lord for lending Mother Parks this most humble warrior to us for 90 and two years.

CLINTON: Now that she has gone home and left us behind, let us never forget that in that simple act and a lifetime of grace and dignity, she showed us every single day what it means to be free. She made us see and agree that everyone should be free.

God bless you, Rosa. God bless you.



HARRIS: What a morning and afternoon to bear witness to this.

KAGAN: Absolutely. And they're still going in Detroit, Michigan.

HARRIS: Yes. We're going to take you back to Greater Grace Temple in just a few moments. We can take you there live right now.

But still ahead this hour on LIVE FROM, is America ready for a bird flu outbreak?

KAGAN: Ahead on LIVE FROM, what the president's proposed plan will and won't do to protect your family.

HARRIS: And putting that check in the mail is going to cost you a little more, Daryn.

KAGAN: It will?

HARRIS: Just you.

KAGAN: Just me? Why you picking on me?

HARRIS: We'll deliver that one to you coming up.


HARRIS: You know, deadly insurgent attacks occur so frequently, they're almost part of a daily fabric. A massive suicide car bombing south of Baghdad today is just the latest example. At least 20 people are dead, including women and children. And 60 others wounded. It happened outside a mosque as people were preparing to end the day's Ramadan fasting.

In another attack, at least two Iraqi civilians died in a car bombing in the northeastern city of Kirkuk. Seven people were wounded. The blast also happened near a Shiite mosque.

In combat operations in Iraq, two Marine pilots were killed today when their Cobra helicopter gun ship crashed west of Baghdad. Marine officials don't know what caused the crash.

It happened as the chopper was flying in support of security operations outside of the city of Ramadi. Shortly afterwards, a Marine fighter bombed what the Marines say was an insurgent command center near the crash site. A Marine spokesman says the air strike was related to the chopper crash.

The military also is reporting the deaths of two more Americans in Ramadi. A Marine and a sailor died yesterday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. An Iraqi police officer says insurgents used guns, rockets and roadside bombs to attack Marine patrols. The deaths of the Marine and the sailor and the two Marines killed in the chopper crash today raises the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the war started to 2,031.

KAGAN: Roadside bombs are the weapons of choice for Iraqi insurgents, often very effective. U.S. officials say these weapons are more and more sophisticated and more deadly.

Our Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr has that story.


BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Senior U.S. military commanders confirmed to CNN that a new generation of sophisticated roadside and suicide bombs has appeared in southern Iraq in recent weeks. These bombs, although small in number, are causing great concern. They have explosive charges that can penetrate armored vehicles, including the up-armored Humvees on which the U.S. Army has spent billions of dollars. In a closed-door congressional briefing, senators were told the powerful new bombs can be made with materials bought off the Internet. And that insurgents are also getting outside help, possibly from Iran and Syria.

After that hearing, the head of the military's task force talked about the insurgents.

BRIG. GEN. JOSEPH VOTEL, IED TASK FORCE DIRECTOR: He's varying the methods that he's using to initiate them. He's varied the employment techniques that he's employing them with. And he started to bury the targets that he's going after.

STARR: The number of attacks by improvised explosive devices, IEDs, has risen. But officials say the attacks are less effective.

GEN. PETER PACE, JOINT CHIEFS CHAIRMAN: And the numbers of casualties per effective attack has gone down. That said, there are more overall IED attacks by the insurgents.

STARR: In October, there were about 100 attacks per day, compared to 85 to 90 attacks a day in September. About half of all attacks are IEDs.

EA-6B aircraft have now been outfitted with an onboard electronic jammer to stop some types of IEd detonation. Thousands of jammers on vehicles have also been sent to Iraq.

The Army's chief of planning offered remarkable candor about just how worried military leaders now are about declining public support for the war.

LT. GEN. JAMES LOVELACE, ARMY DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF: I think that's something that we think about all the time. But as you share, as the polls start to reflect, this is something that we do concern ourselves with. It's probably a little bit more prevalent.

STARR (on camera): Officials believe the October rise in attacks is related mainly to insurgents trying to derail the referendum. But these same officials are already privately acknowledging that they expect to maintain high troop levels in Iraq through the December elections.

Barbara Starr, CNN, the Pentagon.


HARRIS: She proved to America that one person can make a difference, and right now people are honoring civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks at her funeral. We're bringing you live coverage of that throughout the hour. A live picture now.

Stay with us.

SUSAN LISOVICZ, CNN FINANCIAL CORRESPONDENT: I'm Susan Lisovicz at the New York Stock Exchange, where stocks are higher and so are prices for prescription drugs. I'll have details of a new study coming up.

CNN's LIVE FROM will be right back.


KAGAN: The fear of bird flu is rising. A Bush cabinet official says the U.S. should create an atmosphere of planning without panic.

Michael Leavitt, secretary of Health and Human Services, was one of several health experts speaking out on Capitol Hill today, just one day after the president's call for action. The Bush strategy to deal with a possible pandemic has a price tag of $7 billion-plus. The focus now, where to put that money so it will do the most good.


MICHAEL LEAVITT, HHS SECRETARY: The good news is we have a vaccine. The scientists at NIH have developed a vaccine with sufficient immune response that it can protect a human being when given in proper dosage. The bad news is we fundamentally lack the capacity to manufacture it in sufficient volumes in time.

SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D), WASHINGTON: We can't forget with this that it's the local hospital, the local community clinic and the local emergency room staff who are going to be on the front lines of any outbreak. So, if we cut other funding for our public health infrastructure to fund this new strategy, we're going to make it even harder for those on the front lines to respond effectively.


KAGAN: Stay tuned to CNN day and night for the most reliable news about your security.



KAGAN: Let's take a look at what's happening "Now in the News."

Thirteen deaths in several states. Alabama detectives are holding a news conference right now about what they say serial killing suspect Jeremy Brian Jones has admitted to in grisly detail.

All of his victims were women. He's been convicted in an Alabama case and faces at least one murder charge in Georgia.

A call for calm. After six nights of unrest in some poor Paris suburbs, the French president warns that police will deal firmly with any troublemakers. The prime minister has summoned a crisis meeting. The street fighting was sparked by the deaths of two teenagers who were electrocuted while fleeing police.

And more meet and greet on Capitol Hill for Judge Samuel Alito. The president's latest pick for the Supreme Court is spending another day introducing himself to those who will be voting on his nomination. President Bush has said he wants Alito confirmed by the end of the year.

HARRIS: Daryn, secret prisons in Eastern Europe reportedly are being used to interrogate al Qaeda captives. U.S. and foreign officials tell "The Washington Post" it's part of a CIA covert operation started nearly four years ago. "The Post" says that most members of Congress who are charged with overseeing covert operations know nothing about this operation.

The newspaper says that at various times, the operation has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe and a small center at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba.

In an interview on CNN's "AMERICAN MORNING," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had this to say about the "Post" report.


ALBERTO GONZALES, ATTORNEY GENERAL: I'm not going to confirm or deny on this show the existence of this program. We normally do not talk about intelligence activities. What I can say to your viewers is that the president has charged the administration with doing what we can to protect America against another domestic attack, and to protect our allies and those who are working with America, but to do so in a way that is consistent with our legal obligations, both domestically and internationally. So I can say that.


HARRIS: "The Washington Post" says hardly anything is known about who is kept in the secret prisons, interrogation methods, or how long the captives are detained.

Aftershocks are still being felt on Capitol Hill from a dramatic move by Senate Democrats, catching Republicans apparently by complete surprise. The Democrats forced a rare closed Senate session yesterday. They say the move was taken to force debate on the Bush administration's use of faulty intelligence to falsify the war in Iraq.

And joining us now with his take on the Senate flap, secret prisons and much more, CNN contributor and former member of U.S. House of Representatives, Bob Barr. Bob, always good to see you.


HARRIS: Let's start with the Senate shutdown. Rule 21. When was the last time this was invoked? You were there, right?

BARR: I was right there. Been there, done that. It was during the impeachment of the former president.

HARRIS: Why was it news then?

BARR: Well, as usual, whenever the Senate is doing something really controversial, they don't like the public to actually see them. HARRIS: Yes, yes.

BARR: It gets a little messy. And in this case, it's a little unusual because it was not a bipartisan move to invoke the rule. That's the way it normally works. But to be honest with you, I think it's a -- sort of a tempest in a teapot and actually a little bit comical to see these guys strutting around out there, you know, getting all huffed up about whether or not somebody notified them properly for this extraordinary rule.

HARRIS: Well, what do you make of this huffing and puffing, this to toing and froing. Is there any real meat, any real substance, to this?

BARR: Actually, there is, to be serious. There are some very serious allegations that have been raised about the nature, not only of the oversight of our intelligence agencies and the intelligence product...

HARRIS: Democrats claim there's no oversight going on.

BARR: There's really not the oversight that was contemplated back a generation ago when the oversight -- the Senate Intelligence Committee was set up. In a way, that committee has become captive to the very forces -- that is, the intelligence operatives and the intelligence bureaucracy -- that it was intended to monitor. It's been basically co-opted, I think.

HARRIS: Let me ask you something. Any concerns among the Republicans that you talked to that this phase two of this Intelligence Committee investigation may turn up some information that might be troubling to this administration, with regard to its use of pre-war intelligence?

BARR: I suspect that there are a lot of Republicans that are concerned, not so much with the substance of it, but how it can be played out politically. So it could be embarrassing and I think that's probably the reason why it has been, shall we say, slow going.

HARRIS: Yes, moving on now to this debate now over secret prisons and the reporting in the "Washington Post" today. If true -- troubling?

BARR: It's very troubling for a couple reasons. One because history has shown that those nations, such as Great Britain during its problems with the IRA going back to the 1970s, that rely on unusual techniques of interrogation, like torture and sleep deprivation -- the product that you get from those sorts of interrogations are notoriously unreliable. Secondly, it's very troubling because it removes the moral high ground that has always been the hallmark of our operations and our credibility overseas.

HARRIS: Why would this administration go in this direction? Why would this administration go down this path -- what is your thinking on that? BARR: I think it goes back to the initial reaction to the 9/11 attacks. The president made the decision on 9/11, conveyed to the attorney general, and we saw that in what the attorney general said just a few minutes ago in the CNN interview, that a number one goal of our government is to make sure that there is never again, a terrorist attack as occurred on 9/11. If you use that as the premise for your intelligence and your law enforcement operations, then it justifies anything you want to do. That was the environment in which this latest mode of interrogation and detention was launched.

HARRIS: Who would you think, if this is going on, would be carrying out the interrogations? Would it be the CIA, would be locals on the ground? And if it's locals on the ground, is there the real possibility that abuse and torture could be going on?

BARR: There is a real possibility of that, because what seems to be happening depending on the country they're operating in, they either use operatives of the CIA or those of the host country or very possibly, according to some sources, people from third countries. So, it gets very confusing. And, ultimately, though, I think it will backfire.

HARRIS: Would it be the only reason to go this route with secret prisons is to have activities take place that you wouldn't condone in the United States of America?

BARR: Clearly what seems to be happening here are activities that under U.S. law and in U.S. territory and by U.S. personnel would be clearly illegal. There are various serious questions also to what's being done here is also contrary to documents and treaties that the U.S. is a party to.

HARRIS: The Supreme Court nominee, Samuel Alito. If Democrats want to battle this, if Democrats want to put up this fight -- I'm going to ask you, if you would mind, to make the argument. Where do they make any end roads on a man who clearly seems, by all accounts, to be qualified for this job?

BARR: It's a very difficult one for them. Similar to the situation which they found themselves with regard to Justice Roberts. They're going to have to try to pick away at the presumption that he will do something to weaken Roe v. Wade. I think that's primarily the issue that they're going to have to hang their hat on.

HARRIS: Any cases -- I can't think of any cases that would directly challenge Roe v. Wade in the Supreme -- in the pipeline right now for the court. So, the question is whether or not he would uphold, as a Supreme Court justice, the restrictions passed by states to limit abortion.

BARR: You're absolutely correct. That's going to be the battlefield on which the next abortion issue is decided. There are no frontal assaults or challenges in the pipeline attacking Roe v. Wade. But there are specific state restrictions and there are going to be continued federal efforts to require parental notification, for example. HARRIS: Yes. Bob, practically speaking, if moderate Republicans don't come out against this nomination, it's a done deal.

BARR: It is a done deal and I suspect that from that standpoint, aside from concerns that I and other civil libertarians have with Judge Alito, I suspect that this nomination will go through.

HARRIS: That's the bottom line. Bob Barr, good to see you.

KAGAN: Homeless and stranded in the Kashmir mountains with minimal supplies.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't have a word to explain. It's horrible, it's terrible, it's devastating, it's painful.


KAGAN: Desperation in the quake zone. A situation growing more deadly by the hour. We'll take you to this remote region, next on LIVE FROM.


KAGAN: More than 73,000 dead, that's the latest toll in Pakistan from the earthquake that struck last month. Officials say nearly that many, 69,000 were injured.

U.S. military helicopter relief flights are operating again. This after U.S. officials said a rocket propelled grenade was fired at one of the choppers yesterday.

The Pakistani military says there was no attack and the chopper crew was confused by a dynamite blast from a road project. Whatever happened, the resumption of the flights is good news for quake survivors, who are desperate for supplies.

Pakistani officials say the quake left more than 3 million people homeless. Survivors of the Pakistan earthquake lived in a harsh, rugged region. Life has never been easy. Now they have nothing. And they're facing the onset of a new danger, winter.

CNN's Stan Grant made the difficult journey to the quake zone. Here now, his report.


STAN GRANT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): When there is nothing left, they at least have each other. The desperate, the homeless, huddled together.

High in the mountains of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir where the temperature is dipping below zero the survivors of the quake share a fire and their pain. My future is bleak, this woman tells me. I lost my husband. I have no home, no blankets, no tent and the snow is coming. I'm worried about my children.

Another had two children die. She now has her baby and a young boy with a broken arm that needs attention. She tries not to think of her dead children. She says--she tells me her thoughts now are for the living.

For now, they make do. They cook what food they have, some chicken, some corn. It's not enough, they tell me, but enough to share.

There are 200,000 people like these right across the earthquake region. Those receiving little or no aid. More than 3 million, according to the Pakistan government, remain homeless.

Since the earthquake, life has been just about survival. Each day a victory in itself, but to these people, there is always the fear of what tomorrow might bring.

Javad Ratur (ph) has come home to try to bring relief to his people. He now lives in the United States, but his heart is in this devastated village of Chambur (ph).

I don't have a word to explain. It's horrible. It's terrible, it's devastating. It's painful. It's painful.

GRANT: Javad is urging the Pakistan government and the international community to do more. He fears, as all fear, the coming winter. The first snow could come any day.

RATUR: So, they have nothing now. They're just here under the open sky. They don't have a place to sleep. They just sleep on the ground.

You know, we are trying to do something, but we can't do it without the help of international help.

GRANT: Out here 8,000 feet above sea level, the mountains touch the stars. The people can only cling to each other.

Stan Grant, CNN, Chambur, Pakistan controlled Kashmir.


HARRIS: And watching weather conditions a bit closer to home.

Chad Myers in the CNN weather center.

Good to see you, Chad.

CHAD MYERS, METEOROLOGIST: Good evening. Good morning, depending on your point of view and your time zone exactly.

HARRIS: I'm with you. I'm with you. MYERS: You know, that really is a big threat to those folks over there how quickly winter can set in to those mountain regions.

And, in fact, our mountain regions, one of them would be Montana, tomorrow will have snow. And so, that's how close now the jet stream is coming down. As it comes down closer to us, that's what separates the cold air that is bottled up here and separates the warm air that's still down here from Denver, and Dallas and Houston.

Today in the 70's.

Tomorrow even warmer than that.

When that jet stream starts to take its little dip up and down and we're going to get a dip here today and another dip tomorrow. The dip in the Northeast to cool the temperatures down. New York City, 71 yesterday. Today only 62.

No real rain or any snow with it today, but as the storm develops for you tomorrow, that's when the snow develops out here into billings and all the way down into parts of Wyoming. Back up through Bismarck and then the snow gets very heavy.

As you work into the day on Friday, it goes right across International Falls and into parts of southern Ontario, and that could be a pretty heavy snow storm across the northern sections of Lake Superior, as the cold air works in with the warm.

Warm air up the East Coast for tomorrow. Add a few degrees on to your temperature, D.C., Baltimore, New York City, 64 for you.

Sixty-three in Atlanta, 77, if you get tomorrow afternoon in St. Louis and 73 in Atlanta as you warm up with the sunshine. Notice Denver goes down in temps. Near 75 or so today. Tomorrow only 66 and Billings 48 after a morning low of 28. Back to you.

HARRIS: Chad, thank you.

Live pictures from Detroit now where people from all walks of life are honoring civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

Our live coverage continues this hour on LIVE FROM and we expect to hear Aretha Franklin sing at the service very soon.

We'll be right back.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A tribute to Rosa Parks. I'm sorry that I could not be physically with you on this important occasion as we bid farewell to you, the hero and the icon of American civil rights struggle.

A mother, grandmother and humanitarian, Rosa Parks. I know that many of you have been present and many of you are far away in land in the country believe in what she stand for. She share her love for each and every one of us. As many of you far away in other countries cover the Africa, North Africa, West Africa and all of Africa share the deep loss with the Parks' family.

At the same time, we all salute and celebrate a life that has been shining.


KAGAN: Some people already think he's the poster boy for hardcore rap and the graphic words and images that go with it, now 50 Cent.

HARRIS: That's it.

KAGAN: How did I do?

HARRIS: That's 50 Cent. That's it.

KAGAN: His image on a poster is drawing all sorts of controversy. More now from Sibila Vargas.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So what do you do?

50 CENT, RAPPER: I'm a gangster.

SIBILA VARGAS, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): 50 Cent's film, Get Rich or Die Trying, hasn't even hit theaters yet.

But its marketing has already enraged people in south central Los Angeles.

LITA HERRON, COMMUNITY MEMBER: Since 2000, there have been 800 homicides in this community. Now, who wants to uphold that standard, who wants to keep perpetrating that madness?

VARGAS: The movie's billboard shows the rapper in a crucifixion- like pose brandishing a microphone in one hand a gun in the other.

EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON, AUTHOR/POLITICAL ANALYST: Paramount, you are doing damage to our community. You are doing an injustice to our community and you're committing violence in our community and that includes 50 Cent, too. It must go.

VARGAS: And go, it did. The day after about 25 people rallied in Hyde Park, Paramount pulled one sign down and since has pulled about half a dozen others near L.A.-area schools.

HUTCHINSON: I think what happens oftentimes, people are so overwhelmed in communities, particularly African-American communities, by say an image, in this case, Hollywood, it just seems so big.

It just seems so overwhelming. It's almost like, can we really fight city hall? What ever we're going to do, no matter how much outrage and anger that we express, is not going to change anything. But in this case, that was shown that that's not the case.

VARGAS: A Paramount spokesman says the company is reviewing billboards in other locations. Now, similar complaints are coming from Brooklyn, New York. Back in L.A., the image hits too close to home.

CARLA CHOTEAU, COMMUNITY MEMBER: Not too long ago, we was over here and a guy just pulled out a gun and was shooting right in front of my daughter. We didn't come back for a week because I was scared, and she was. That right there, it enraged me.

VARGAS (on camera): Not a good message?

CHOTEAU: No, there was already enough gang violence out here. We don't need that.

VARGAS (voice-over): Cynthia Olivas, director of Golden Day Preschool thinks the billboard touched a nerve because many children here are 50 Cent fans.

CYNTHIA OLIVAS, DIRECTOR, GOLDEN DAY PRESCHOOL: When it comes to a, b, c, they'll be like, a, b, you have to wait for the other letter. But 50 Cent's song? They can sing that word to word.

VARGAS: Rapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, says it was ludicrous to single out his poster.

50 CENT, RAPPER: We have to look at how often we put out action films and other films that utilize weapons as a marketing tool.

We find guns or weapons on the cover of films, probably more often than we find people's faces.

VARGAS: He thinks the controversy will lead the film to greater box-office success. But, for the members of this community, the victory is knowing that somebody listened.

CHOTEAU: They heard us, they heard our voice and I'm glad. I mean, usually in this area, nobody really cares. So, for them to care about how we feel and how, you know, we raising our kids, that meant a lot to all of us. So, I'm happy.

VARGAS: Sibila Vargas, CNN, Los Angeles.


HARRIS: Listen it this. Aretha Franklin, as we raise the talent level considerably on LIVE FROM. Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple at the funeral for Rosa Parks. Let's listen.


ARETHA FRANKLIN, SINGER: To dream the impossible dream. To fight the unbeatable fight. To bear with unbearable sorrow. To run where the brave dare not go. To right the unrightable wrong. To love pure and chaste from afar. To try when you're arms are too weary. To reach the unreachable star.

That was her quest to follow that, follow that star. No matter how, how hopeless. And no matter how far. And to fight for the rights, without question or pause. To be willing to march into Hell for a heavenly cause.

And I know if you'll only be true to that glorious quest. And her heart lies peaceful and still. She's been laid to her rest and the world, I said the world, the world, the world will be better for this, that one woman covered with scars. Still strove, with her last ounce of courage. Every inch had to reach the unreachable star, to reach, to reach the unreachable, yes, yes, yes, yes to reach that, the unreachable. She reached the unreachable star.


KAGAN: And that is going to wrap up this edition of LIVE FROM. I'm Daryn Kagan at CNN Center in Atlanta.

HARRIS: And I'm Tony Harris. Now, Wolf Blitzer is live in THE SITUATION ROOM.

KAGAN: Hello, Wolf.