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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Rosa Parks 1913-2005

This is my favorite photo of Rosa Parks - resolute and defiant
The nation is mourning the passing of Rosa Lee Parks, the matriarch of the civil rights movement, who died Monday in Detroit.  Nearly 50 years ago, Rosa Park's simple act of civil disobedience against Alabama's racial segregation laws sparked more activism and galvanized other black Americans to join the movement.  Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for not giving up her bus seat to a white man.  Her quiet dignity, yet resolute conviction to end the racial segregation (aka Alabama apartheid) of that time in United States history launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott that lasted for over one year.  The civil rights movement was launched by Rosa Parks and then led by other activists with whom all are now familiar, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.  The Supreme Court of the United States may have officially and legally ended segregation, but in reality many black families migrated to northern cities for better paying jobs in the wake of the racial tensions of the times.

Check out these books for more about Rosa Parks: And if you don't like to read, but do like to lay on your couch and watch a DVD on your TV, check out these DVDs about Rosa Parks, MLK, and Malcolm X: It's vital that Americans not only remember the heroes of the civil rights movement, but also learn from them for the issues that face us today.  The Rosa Parks Memorial site expresses this eloquently:
We as Americans and civil people are priveleged to have had a person as fine as Mrs. Parks willing to spark change in our country.  Her memories will live on and teach our youth that even today we still need to embrace our civil rights as people and Americans.  Today we celebrate the life of one of America's most important women.
The following are the locations and times of upcoming Rosa Park memorials:

ALABAMA: Viewing Saturday from 3 p.m. until midnight at St. Paul AME Church, 706 E. Patton Ave., Montgomery, Ala. Public memorial from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul.

WASHINGTON: Viewing Sunday from 6 p.m. until midnight in the rotunda at the Lincoln Memorial.  A public memorial from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington.

DETROIT: Viewing from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Wednesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile, in Detroit.  Internment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Woodward near 8 Mile, Detroit.

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