|Rosa Parks in 1955|
Rosa Parks wasn't the first African-American to refuse to move to the back of the bus for a white person, but it was her case that would draw the attention of a nation. It was her case of civil disobedience that brought a change. Her case spurred the Montgomery Bus Boycott that would eventually end up with Montgomery integrating the bus system. She suffered great personal hardships because she took a stand, but, in the years to follow, her actions on that day have become more than legendary.
Yesterday would have been Parks' 100th birthday. Instrumental in getting Parks the Congressional Gold Medal was Congresswoman Julia Carson. She led the charge and led the fight taking it to nearly brass knuckles at time to get it done.
As hard as it is to believe, if Indianapolis had not sent Julia Carson to Congress, then Rosa Parks may not have received the Congressional Gold Medal. What a tragedy that would have been.
Rosa Parks lives on 100 years after her birth and just under eight years after her death. She's still a powerful figure in the civil rights movement and others are drawing inspiration from her determination even today.