Sunday Inspiration: A real life heroine – Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

My mum told me about Rosa Parks when I was a very little girl. My son age 6 knows all about her too. She is a very important lady.
Rosa Parks worked as a field hand, took care of her younger brother, and cleaned classrooms for tuition in her childhood, she worked as a seamstress, office clerk, and domestic as an adult. Rosa Parks became involved in civil rights activity as well, serving as secretary of the Montgomery, Alabama, NAACP chapter.

On December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks was riding a bus home from her job, the bus filled up, and she was expected to relinquish her seat for a white man. She refused, was arrested for violating Alabama’s segregation laws.  She said at the time:  I knew someone had to take the first strp and I made up my mind not to move. http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Rosa_Parks/

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What a brave, brave lady.

As a result of Rosa making a stand  black community mobilised a boycott of the bus system which lasted for 381 days and resulted in the ending of segregation on Montgomery’s buses.

The boycott also brought national attention to the civil rights cause and to a young minister who championed it , the Rev. Martin Luther King, jr.

Rosa Parks continued her commitment to civil rights until her death, a constant symbol of the civil rights struggle. Rosa Parks died in 2005 She was 92.

What an absolute inspiration!  Years later, in recalling the events of the day, Parks said, “When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night.”this quote is attributed to Rosa and I think it’s very motivating…

Each person must live their life as a model for others.

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Naomi
    March 14, 2011 / 7:24 am

    Wow – what a great inspirational thing Rosa did. You are such a good role model for Frankie by telling him all about history and the important events in life. I wonder how many people would do something similar now?

  2. March 14, 2011 / 8:13 pm

    It takes such strength of character to say no that’s not okay to oppression but I really hope my kids will stand up when they need to x

  3. March 7, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    She is a legend! My niece is named after her 🙂

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