Monday, October 24, 2005

Goodbye Rosa Parks

her 1 December 1955 arrest for refusing to surrender her bus seat to a white person;
image via

Rosa Parks(1913-2005). the BBC just announced her passing.

what I wrote in their "have your say" forum:

Her life meant more than her death. Now that she's gone, gone is a living a reminder of an era when it was still possible for an ordinary person to stand up against a profoundly unjust system and get the world to notice without dismissive, noisy babbling idiots coming on the tv to tell us how to think about it. By my reckoning she died 38 days shy of [the 50 year mark of] her history-making act of quiet defiance.