Rosa Parks sued OutKast for use of her name in 1999, and the lawsuit dragged on for six years before the group and their label settled.
Rhea McCauley, niece to Rosa Parks and a spokesperson for her family, said at one point: "I'm not a doctor, but I know, dementia or not, my Auntie would never, ever go to this length to hurt some young artists trying to make it in the world. As a family, our fear is that during her last days Auntie Rosa will be surrounded by strangers trying to make money off of her name." Theories that she had been pushed to sue OutKast by greedy attorneys had spread from the beginning, and some argued, were confirmed, when news broke later on that Parks may have been dealing with dementia as early as 2002. The lawsuit was finally settled when their label agreed to pay for several educational programs, a tribute CD, and a broadcast special about Parks.