In Honor of Black History Month: Rosa Parks
Post by Ashli Prescott
Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
“First Lady of Civil Rights,” “Mother of the Freedom Movement,” Civil Rights Activist
The moment she refused to relinquish her seat on that bus, Rosa Parks became a national hero. Not just an African American hero—but a hero to all. The immediate feelings that are stirred up when we hear her name are sheer strength and absolute pride. She knew, like the rest of us, that she was a human being; A human being with thoughts, feelings, knowledge, and most of all, rights. She did not commit this peaceful protest out of arrogance or an unkind nature. The driver of that bus was being unkind to her by making her forfeit her spot for another passenger based on race and she simply showed she did not deserve it—that no one deserved it. As a result of her actions, she spurred a widespread bus boycott and instantly became a heroine in her own right.
“I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks
Can you remember a time when you or someone you know stood up for an injustice?
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