27 October 2005
"The time had just come when I had been pushed as far as I could stand to be pushed, I suppose. They placed me under arrest. And I wasn't afraid. I don't know why I wasn't, but I didn't feel afraid. I had decided that I would have to know once and for all what rights I had as a human being and a citizen, even in Montgomery, Alabama."
- Rosa Parks, 1913-2005: Parks, civil rights hero and catalyst for the Mongomery Bus Boycott, died Monday at age 92. (as quoted in SoJo mail)
My great-grandmother was born two years before Ms. Parks in 1911. 1911! She's lived so much of the history I read in books. And I know she lived them fiercely! I received a letter from my Granny today . . . she is lovely!
Ms. Parks . . . in her 92 years of living is hope for all. She reminds us that one strategic action by one "tiny" person can start a movement for change. I hope we all keep a bit of Ms. Parks in our hearts when we face "the back of the bus."