Wednesday, November 02, 2005

In Memory: Rosa Parks

1913 - 2005

The ordinary woman who sparked extraordinary change in this country, Rosa Parks, often referred to as the "Mother of Civil Rights," passed away last week at the age of 92.

I watched The Rosa Parks Story on, whatelse, Lifetime and I'm glad I did. I had obviously heard Mrs. Parks' story and knew of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott that she inspired, but not much else about her. I didn't really even think about her contribution to Civil Rights movement or her NAACP involvement. After watching the movie, I really saw how her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white person (and subsequent arrest) in 1955, sparked a chain of events that led to the end of segregation in the South...and equality throughout the country. Obviously, the struggle isn't over, but she was a very historic figure in this country who inspired much change.

Thinking about her story, is it really so wrong to see similarities between the African Americans' struggle for equal rights to those of gays and lesbians? I mean, we *are* treated as lesser citizens (because of a difference to the majority that is out of our control) and do not enjoy the same rights guaranteed to everyone in the U.S. constitution.

Anyway - that can be saved for another time.

For now, I would like to take a moment to honor Rosa Parks.

Also, if that lady who wouldn't let Rosa register to vote is still alive, I hope she is ashamed for how she acted. The bus driver too. And all the others who were so awful. It's infurating to watch movies like that...and embarassing.


  • Rosa Parks was an amazing woman. She showed that we all have a voice. She was a champion not just for racial equality, but human equality.

    By Blogger VeryApeAZ, at 2:18 PM  

  • An exceptional human being, it is wonderful to see all of the tributes to her courage and strength.

    By Blogger The Persian, at 12:54 PM  

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