Rosa Parks Passed Away Today

By cjohnson | October 25, 2005 1:31 am

rosa parksrosa parks arrestRosa Parks died today (24th October), at age 92. By her actions, she helped accelerate the modern civil rights movement in America, and her protests directly made the world a better place in which to live. We are all the richer because of her courage.

Here is a BBC article on the news, and here is an interesting Wikipedia entry for her.

Thank you so very very much, Rosa Parks. You will live forever in our hearts and minds – and in our actions every time we fight against the odds for what is right.


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  • Quibbler

    well said, Clifford.


  • subodh

    May she rest in peace… As one of the more recognizable ciivil disobeyers of the civil rights movement, she proved to be a great galvanizer and focal point. She will be remembered for a long time to come. However, lets not also forget the countless (and anonymous) people that probably did the same thing before her, but were just not in the right place and the right time to have been that proverbial straw that broke the camels back.

  • Clifford

    subodh: I agree, this is why I put “helped accelerate the modern civil rights movement” instead of “created (or started) the modern civil rights movement”, which is what is commonly said, if you glance around the press and the web. There were others who did precisely that wonderful thing that she did, but the cases that ensued did not have the scope that hers did for various reasons which had nothing to do with the act itself….I don’t think she would want to take away from the effort of all those who went before her in the struggle. But nevertheless, her case was -we all agree- a landmark of considerable note, and of course she fought for civil rights for several decades after that act too.



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