Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks 1913-2005

It is hard to believe that less than 50 years ago American laws required the segregation of races in public in the American south (Jim Crow laws).

On 1 December 1955, Mrs Rosa Parks was sitting at the back of the bus (where all blacks were required to sit), when a white man, finding no seats available, demanded her seat. Mrs Parks refused.

Her act of defiance helped to change the course of American history and she became known as the "mother of the civil rights movement".

When the US Supreme Court ruling which banned segregation on the public transport system of Montgomery, Alabama took effect on 21 December 1956, Mrs Rosa Parks chose to sit in the front of the bus.

Hopefully the memory of Mrs Rosa Parks will continue to inspire people to fight for their equal rights. To this day, there are still many people who continue to be marginalised and treated as second class citizens.

Obituaries, editorials and news articles
- Detroit News
- New York Times (free subscription)
- Chicago Sun-Times
- Los Angeles Times
- Washington Post (free subscription)

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


I had my brush last night, but the gloves were off. Literally. My human disposed of the knobbly glove as it had developed lots of holes. And he still hasn't bought me a replacement yet!

We started watching Lost in Translation. What a good movie! I guess we'll watch the rest of it tomorrow night.



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