Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Sit-in And Change The World

Almost exactly half a century ago, a weary black seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus. She was arrested and put in jail. Absolutely unthinkable nowadays, to believe someone is less deserving of a seat on the bus because of their skin color. This was a seemingly small act, yet it was the "spark that lit the fire" to the Civil Rights movement. I don't know what it is about this movement. It shouldn't affect me, a white, Mormon girl, from Utah, but there is something so beautiful and holy about it. The respect and courageousness of our humanity, the belief that everyone matters, that we are equal. That she, little black woman from Alabama, matters. How beautiful! One woman changed a nation, changed the world, because she believed she mattered.

3 comments:

Panini said...

Yes, she got some beautiful tributes this week. Do you know if she's written a biography or memoir? I'd like to know what it was like for her to grow older and see her name in the history book and how she helped precipitate change.

Esperanza said...

Eliot said, "Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?" Sure glad Rosa Parks did!

aquamarine said...

Rosa Parks is a hero in my books. What courage!