When Rosa Parks refused to get up, an entire race of people began to stand up for their rights as human beings.

Her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man was a simple act that took extraordinary courage in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955. It was a place where black people had no rights that white people had to respect. It was a time when racial discrimination was so common, many blacks never questioned it.

At least not out loud.

But then came Rosa Louise Parks.

Jim Crow had met his match.

Parks’ arrest for refusing to relinquish her seat infused 50,000 black people in Montgomery with the will to walk rather than risk daily humiliation on the city’s buses. At that time, Jim Crow laws required separation of the races in restaurants, on buses and in other public places.

The gentle giant, whose quietness belied her toughness, became the catalyst for a movement that broke the back of legalized segregation in the United States, gave rise to the astounding leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and inspired fighters for freedom and justice throughout the world.

The article says it all. Goodbye, Mrs. Parks.

  1. mike derosa says:

    Thank you for posting this John.
    Ms Parks is more important, and more courageous than Jackie Robinson, who gets so much more ink (& I adore Jackie & his legacy). Who among us could do what she did? Not I. When my Caucasian children, citing their pop music and rap culture icons, use the N-word in our home, they don’t understand my
    vehemence, and cry censorship.
    It’s a constant struggle against Ignorance.
    Ironically, it was my pop music and cultural icon, Dylan, who 1st stirred these notions in me 40 years ago. Long live Rosa’s spirit and the memory of her deeds.

  2. Pat says:

    Rest in Peace, Rosa.

    America is a better place because of you. Your place in History is assured


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