Monday, October 24, 2005
Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
Mrs. Rosa Parks died today.
Tonight, I'm going to dig out my copy of Verity's tribute album and spend a few moments remembering this strong, beautiful woman who chose to use her voice to make a difference in the world. Or I may, instead, sit with the silence and remember her quiet strength.
The elders are passing, and we must learn their stories, then learn from their stories. We must learn from their courage, then use that courage to heal the brokenness of our world.
"I am leaving this legacy to all of you ... to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die — the dream of freedom and peace."
--Rosa Parks, 1913-2005
Learn more about Parks at the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development: www.rosaparks.org (Update: Several people have come looking for www.rosaparks.com, which won't work. It's www.rosaparks.org).
A few years ago, Rosa Parks was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most important people of the century.