Monday, October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks, a true American hero

Rosa Parks died tonight at the age of 92 at her home in Michigan. On 1955-12-01 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger. She was arrested, tried, and convicted for violating the segregation laws. The Negro citizens of Montgomery, led by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, organized a boycott of the bus system, setting in motion what we know today as the civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks wanted to be remembered "as a person who wanted to be free, and wanted others to also be free." If there are buses in heaven, may she always have a seat at the front.

[this report cribbed from ABC News Nightline, 2005-10-24]