Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks made a courtesy call on the First Presidency and other Church leaders Jan. 22, and also toured the Church's Family History Library.

Mrs. Parks, 78, came to Utah primarily to speak at a NAACP-sponsored event Jan. 20 in commemoration of Martin Luther King's birthday. She also spoke Jan. 21 to an overflow audience of students and faculty at BYU during its Black Awareness Week.During Mrs. Parks' visit to the First Presidency, President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Thomas S. Monson expressed appreciation for her visit and presented her with a book containing a pictorial history of the Church.

"I feel welcome and it is wonderful to be here and meet so many of you," Mrs. Parks said, in thanking the Church leaders for their hospitality.

Also present during the visit by Mrs. Parks were the general presidents of three auxiliary organizations: Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary; Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women; and Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society.

During Mrs. Parks' tour of the Family History Library, she was presented information from the library collection on her family. She expressed appreciation for the materials, adding that family histories help people get to know who they really are.

"I've been interested in my family history for some time," she related. "It's important to know your heritage."

During the tour, Mrs. Parks was aided in researching a branch of her family tree, which she said was one of her main reasons for visiting the library. "I had heard you can trace your family genealogy here. I wanted to see what I could find out."