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Monday, October 24, 2005

Rest in Peace: Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks
Feb 4th 1913- Oct 24th 2005

Today was a very sad day that marked the passing of one of the most influential women of color in the 20th century. Most everyone knows what Ms. Rosa Parks did on December 1, 1955 almost a 50 years ago. Her act of resistance led to the Montgomery bus boycott and with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s guidance, lasted 381 days and led the supreme court to end the segregation of busses and the ridiculous and unlawful "Jim Crow Laws" that were so prevalent in the south. I wish I could say that her struggle ended there. After this brave woman, who was 42 at the time stood up for her rights she; like so many other leaders in the civil rights movement recieceved numerous death threats that led her to move from her home in Alabama to Detroit. In the past few years she had suffered from progressive dementia but this was not the cause of her death. She died peacefully in her sleep with friends and family close by. I think everyone should take a moment and thank her for what she did and always remember that there is always someone being persecurted and all it can take is the simple action of one person to bring about change. Let us never forget her and never take for granted those liberties we now have because of her actions and actions of others.

"We are saddened by the passing of Rosa Parks. We rejoice in her legacy, which will never die. In many ways, history is marked as before, and after, Rosa Parks......She sat down in order that we all might stand up, and the walls of segregation came down."
- Rev. Jesse Jackson

To Ms. Rosa Parks: May your light and energy flow through all of us as we go about our lives. Thank you. Thank you for being a beacon of hope in this world and I know that you will watch over us. With all the love in my heart, Goodbye.

Always In Remembrance


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