Wednesday, December 01, 2010

History Hump #4

55 years ago today, Rosa Parks changed life as we know it. Rosa_Parks2

“On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks, age 42, refused to obey bus driver James Blake's order that she give up her seat to  make room for a white passenger. Her action was not the first of its kind. Irene Morgan in 1946, and Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, had won rulings before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Interstate Commerce Commission, respectively, in the area of interstate bus travel. Nine months before Parks refused to give up her seat, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to move from her seat on the same bus system. In New York City, in 1854, Lizzie Jennings engaged in similar activity, leading to the desegregation of the horsecars and horse-drawn omnibuses of that city. But unlike these previous individual actions of civil disobedience, Parks' action sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.” (

Unless you were home sick every February throughout your entire school career, than you already know plenty about this. I am simply taking today to point out an abrupt turn in out nation’s history. A turn for the better. A turn that apparently has yet to come full circle. Hopefully by the end of the next 55 years, we can bid adieu to racism and hate altogether.

So, a special thanks to Rosa Parks. Just one of the many brave people to stand against injustice.





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