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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks has died at age 92. She lived a full life, but of course we'll never forget her dignified refusal to give up her seat on the bus.

What a poisonous system that was:

On Montgomery buses, the first four rows were reserved for whites. The rear was for blacks, who made up more than 75 percent of the bus system's riders. Blacks could sit in the middle rows until those seats were needed by whites. Then the blacks had to move to seats in the rear, stand or, if there was no room, leave the bus. Even getting on the bus presented hurdles: If whites were already sitting in the front, blacks could board to pay the fare but then they had to disembark and re-enter through the rear door.
How long ago did this happen in the United States? 1955. Not very long ago at all.

Our country is poisoned by this evil history, as Katrina reminded us. We will continue to be for a long time to come. The fact that we've made the progress we have is a blessing.


Amen to that!!!

Amen to the fact we've prograssed as far as we have. We have a long way to go, however, and I see evidence of it; not in obvious ways but in subtle ways everyday!!!

I was discussing this with a friend earlier. He was of the belief that Ms. Parks didn't "do" all that much, and that the credit belonged to people like Dr. King and others who organized the boycott. My response is that of course MLK deserves a great deal of credit, but people will often accept bad situations due to a feeling that they are beyond their control. Rosa Parks, who had the courage to say "enough is enough", caused those words to echo across the American population, black and white alike, and brought about tremendous change. Although there had been a couple of landmark Supreme Court cases before this, the civil rights movement was just getting off the ground in 1955. One woman, in the course of getting home from her job one day, gave civil rights a needed momentum.

Hey, is this the Carey Cuprisin who used to work in Denali National Park in Alaska? I have been looking for your Christmas letter from last year - can't find it. Finally thought to google you - life has been nuts. If it is, e-mail me back at elvish@chartermi.net.

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