Saturday, October 29, 2005
We interrupt this blog for a post on
I supposed you can't watch the news these days and not know about Rosa Parks. Well, I don't watch the news so I'm not bombarded with these things.
At any rate, I want my children to know who Rosa Parks was.
She was working as a seamstress in 1955, riding the bus. Well, in those days blacks were not allowed to associate with whites. They had their own special public restrooms: Men, Women, Blacks. And the law treated them as if they were not the same level of humanity as whites. In Montgomery, Alabama the law said that a black person had to give up their seat on the public bus if a white person got on and wanted that seat.
Rosa was arrested in 1955 for not giving up her seat to a white man.
Her act of courage spawned a movement across America of blacks standing up for their rights. We call it today: The Civil Rights Movement.
Rosa died this past week and is being honored with the dignity of "laying in state" in the capitol rotunda: an honor only given to 28 other Americans over the past 100 or so years.