Tuesday, October 25, 2005

 

RIP Rosa Parks

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We know the story. One December evening, a woman left work and boarded a bus for home. She was tired; her feet ached. But this was Montgomery, Ala., in 1955, and as the bus became crowded, the woman, a black woman, was ordered to give up her seat to a white passenger. When she remained seated, that simple decision eventually led to the disintegration of institutionalized segregation in the South, ushering in a new era of the civil rights movement."

"Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it," writes Parks in her recent book, Quiet Strength, (ZondervanPublishingHouse, 1994). "I kept thinking about my mother and my grandparents, and how strong they were. I knew there was a possibility of being mistreated, but an opportunity was being given to me to do what I had asked of others."


Comments:
A formidable woman. Is heartbreaking to see so many of those who followed her generation squander the fruits of the sacrifice which she and the many untouted others made.
 
So sad to hear about her passing, but I'm sure she's at peace now! Her legacy will live on.
 
Knowingly or unknowingly, her actions led to something so much bigger than I think was ever conceived. Racism and segregation still are with us, more subtle but still here. It will take many more generations but the longest journey begins with the first step.... Rest in Peace Rosa Parks.
 
One of the few good rebuttals when someone says that ‘one person can’t make a difference…’
 
It seems like all the pioneers of our time are passing this year. Because of Rosa's defiance and strength, I try to exercise my right to vote and appreciate all that our ancestors sacrificed for us. Wish I could say the same for our youth of today.
 
The story of Rosa Parks and what it all led to is remarkable in itself. But there is much more to the woman than just the story. We were discussing her in my journalism class today and some of my classmates didn't know who she is, what she did or why it is significant. And that is really a shame.
 
Today I told a friend she had died and he had no idea who she was.Needless to say I was really surprised
 
no one cares or knows about our historical icons these days even the ones who have holidays.
 
Ihear you on this its sad when the people who benefit don't even know what people like Rosa Parks had to endure I guess its up to us to educate our kids so that they don't forget.
 
It goes to show that sometimes they notice you more when you whisper than when you shout. A very cool lady.
 
First let me say I enjoyed the other comments of your visitors. I agreed with them about how people just don't care about historical icons anymore. Back when Rosa didn't get off the bus a lot of blacks thought she was crazy. And we all would have thought that because what she did was against the law. But sometimes you have to break the law when it's against your personal rights. I admire Rosa. I don't know if someone else would have done the same thing if she hadn't but it's a blessing she did. You can just take so much mistreatment. I believe Rosa had taken as much as she could stand. I also know that a lot of people today don't have the courage to stand up for their beliefs like she did. She will be missed mostly because of that.

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I bigged up Rosa myself, but I just came across an article which suggests that Rosa was inspired to refuse to give up her seat by another woman who had done the same thimg nine months before... read it here if you like. Right-click on the link and choose "Open link in a new window", or the option that sounds most like that from the menu that appears when you perform the right-click.
 
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