Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Civil Rights Pioneer Dies

Rosa Parks has passed away. By merely sitting down, she taught us all what it means to stand up for our rights. Her decision to refuse to give up her seat to a white man led to her arrest and set about the Montgomery Bus Boycott which saw hundreds of black people boycott busses while walking miles to get to their jobs as hired help. This would be a gutsy move today but in 1950s Alabama where lynchings were still happening and where blacks were not even permitted to sit in the same area as white people or drink from the same fountain, one must wonder where a person would get the courage or the self-confidence to make such a move. There were many more who fought for civil rights in America but Rosa Parks set the ball rolling and we should all take a moment to remember her.

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