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Monday, October 31, 2005

Rosa Parks

I have little to add to the already considerable commemorations of Ms. Parks' life and work other than this:

Rosa Parks actions touched all of us, whether we know it or not. Pehaps, in memory of her passing, it would pay to bear that in mind, as we go about our business this week...how many ways her life and work touches our own...how fitting it might be to invoke her name in unexpected ways.

Segregation was not so long ago. The movement Ms. Parks started did not achieve its true legal goals for a decade...with the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Tens of millions of Americans have direct, lived experience of racial segregation by law. It's not something people talk about much, but it is there beneath the surface.

Rosa Parks' struggle was more than simply a legal one, it had a spiritual and philosophical meaning too. In that sense, though her life is finished, her name is a part of history now. Wherever someone stands for equality, for dignity and for respect, Ms. Rosa Parks lives on.

God Bless you, Rosa Parks.


  • We believe in God therfore believing God was behind Rosa ALL THE WAY! GOD BLESS ROSA PARKS!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:46 AM  

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