Tuesday, October 25, 2005

In Praise of Rosa Parks

A woman who truly inspired has passed away. From the Washington Post:

Parks said that she didn't fully realize what she was starting when she decided not to move on that Dec. 1, 1955, evening in Montgomery, Ala. It was a simple refusal, but her arrest and the resulting protests began the complex cultural struggle to legally guarantee equal rights to Americans of all races.

Within days, her arrest sparked a 380-day bus boycott, which led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that desegregated her city's public transportation. Her arrest also triggered mass demonstrations, made the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famous, and transformed schools, workplaces and housing.

Hers was "an individual expression of a timeless longing for human dignity and freedom," King said in his book "Stride Toward Freedom."

"She was planted there by her personal sense of dignity and self-respect. She was anchored to that seat by the accumulated indignities of days gone and the boundless aspirations of generations yet unborn."

My first reaction was to ask, "Who will be the next Rosa Parks?" And then I realized it was a dumb question. We simply don't know, but everyone should audition for the part.

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Anonymous said...

You pass the Google test and my pith test.

Bartlett's for you:

"Who will be the next Rosa Parks?"
We simply don't know, but everyone should audition for the part.


Anonymous said...

Loved that last sentence. Well said.

From a liberal who enjoys your blog.