Carol Platt Liebau: RIP Rosa Parks

Monday, October 24, 2005

RIP Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, the woman who triggered the civil rights movement, is dead. To those of us who were born after passage of the civil rights acts, it's shocking (and shameful) to hear about days when African-Americans could be treated with so little respect for their innate worth as human beings. It must have taken enormous courage for Mrs. Parks to refuse to surrender her seat on a bus to a white man, as custom (and often law) required.

When asked some time ago how she'd like to be remembered, Mrs. Parks said, "I'd like people to say I'm a person who always wanted to be free and wanted it not only for myself; freedom is for all human beings."

Indeed. May she rest in peace.

The incomparable La Shawn Barber -- one of my favorite commentators on racial and religious issues -- eulogizes Mrs. Parks here.


Blogger cookie jill said...

I remember going to school in Florida where they had girls on one side of the class and boys on the other. Whites in front. Blacks in back. They even had separate playgrounds.

Too bad we don't have people strong enough to stand up and do what is right. These days people are too scared to. Just look at what they are doing to Amb. Wilson.

Rosa Parks was one of the true great Americans. I doubt there will be another.

May her soul finally find peace.

12:38 AM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

Democracy means equality, simple, why it takes time, God alone knows.

6:05 AM  
Anonymous LQ said...

All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Rosa Parks for her simple act of courage, and the civil rights movement that sprang from it.

Minorities because we are now much closer to having equal opportunity. Whites because, as Martin Luther King said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

8:37 AM  
Blogger Orphan in Bama said...

Rest in Peace, Miss Rosa. You have done well.


5:13 PM  

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