Thought For The Day – Thursday 2nd February 2023
Saturday 4th February 2023 will mark 110 years since the birth of Rosa Parks.
It was in Montgomery, Alabama, in the United States of America, that Rosa, on the evening of 1st December 1955, refused to give up her seat for a white person. “I had given up my seat before”, said Rosa, “but this day, I was especially tired. Tired from my work as a seamstress, and tired from the ache in my heart.” Rosa said she was tired of giving in.
This seemingly small action was the catalyst for “The Montgomery Bus Boycott”, where the black community refused to use the busses until the law was changed. They did not and it was. The protest lasted 382 days.
It was a then not nationally or internationally known Christian Baptist minister, in Montgomery, called Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior who would lead this protest of civil rights.
In many ways, as the quote goes: “Rosa sat down and Martin stood up”.
As for Rosa, she would lead an iconic and inspirational life, until she passed away aged 92, in 2005. “Each person must live their life as a model for others”, said Rosa. Rosa very much did.
“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.” (Rosa Parks)
A 2018 “Doctor Who” episode told Rosa’s story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bpwm2m/doctor-who-series-11-3-rosa