Thousands of people have queued to pay respects to US civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, who died last week.

Her body is lying in the Capitol building in Washington. This is a rare honour usually reserved for presidents and other eminent political figures.

US President George W Bush ordered flags at home and abroad to be flown at half mast.

Her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama in 1955 prompted a mass black boycott of buses.

Her actions inspired the mass movement which culminated in the end to segregation.

The US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, paid tribute to Ms Parks at a memorial service in Montgomery Alabama.