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25th Oct 2005, 03:43
I have just seen on the news that Rosa Parks has died.

25th Oct 2005, 06:54
A very strong and brave woman. Rest in Peace.

Krystal n chips
25th Oct 2005, 07:13
A sad loss indeed. A lady whose role and participation in the Civil Rights movement has, I feel, often been overlooked at times over the years. Hopefully, this will now be rectified.

I understand from a friend in Detroit that she was once mugged by some of the local garbage---who were subsequently "educated" as to whom she was---and what they were. :ok:

Farmer 1
25th Oct 2005, 08:17
I believe she was specially chosen for her act of defiance (and dignity) on the bus.

A great woman, indeed. R.I.P.

25th Oct 2005, 08:36
Agree, Krystal. Martin Luther King is seen as the prime mover of the 1960's civil rights movement but it was her stand (sit?) on the bus and the ensuing Montgomery bus boycott that paved the way for the activities that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Good for her.

25th Oct 2005, 12:20
When we read her story again forty years later most of us are amazed that such barbaric attitudes to our fellow citizens could have been prevalent so recently. We have her and others like her to thank for that amazement.

Unfortunately those who are listening know that such attitudes still exist even now. I doubt they will ever be eradicated. Unthinking intolerance is born of ignorance, and that's something we will never be spared.

RIP Rosa.

25th Oct 2005, 12:24
RIP Rosa and thanks for all you did.

Jordan D
25th Oct 2005, 13:28
Going to admit, I don't know who Rosa Parks is - for my own knowledge, would someone be kind enough to tell me who this obvious great lady was?


25th Oct 2005, 13:34
Link to BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4373794.stm) news article.

...Rosa Parks, the black woman whose 1955 protest action in Alabama marked the start of the modern US civil rights movement, has died at the age of 92.
Mrs Parks' refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a bus prompted a mass black boycott of buses, organised by Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr...

Farmer 1
25th Oct 2005, 13:41
... and you must understand, by not giving her seat to a white man, she was breaking the law.

I work on the Dark Continent, where her name is well known. I suspect there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth here.

25th Oct 2005, 14:16
Jordan, If ever there were a time where Google was appropriate, this is it.

I'm ashamed to admit that I've forgotten the name of the lady who was escorted into a southern university (sorry, I've forgotten the state too; Mississippi? Alabama?) by security forces on her first day as the first black person to be admitted. Can somebody remind me?

I personally find that brief period of history more fascinating than any other I can think of, which is why I think Mississippi Burning is one of the best films ever made. And to Jordan again, for a representative sample of the times in fictional guise, I recommend a book called Five Smooth Stones, by Anne Fairbairn. A lot of it will seem quaintly old-fashioned to one of your age, but the message is unchanged. I know it affected me and shaped my beliefs more than almost any other book I ever read.

25th Oct 2005, 16:23
A great and dignified lady


25th Oct 2005, 16:38
From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people reading this forum and whose ancestors may have contributed in some positive way in allowing such acts of disobedience to come to fruition; to those reading this forum everywhere who by their everyday actions as employers or co-workers, encourage the integration of non-white workers on equal terms... :{

And let's all try for parity between male and female salaries for the same job in the forth-coming 22nd Century... :ok:

25th Oct 2005, 17:48
Isnít it funny that with the world full of so called leaders, movers and shakers that try and try to change the status quo that all it took was one brave lady that decided that enough was enough and stood up for basic human rights and changed the world forever.

God bless you Rosa Parks and may you rest in peace.

25th Oct 2005, 18:01
Isn't always the way, the real movers and shakers are the quiet dignified but resolute ones?

RIP. She made a real difference to our world.

25th Oct 2005, 18:06
If ever there were a time where Google was appropriate, this is it.

I did, and even before you posted... all i can say is

RIP, Ma'am, and thanks.

Jordan D
25th Oct 2005, 22:53
Thank you for your inspired comments above - helps me learn about something I had forgotten.

RIP Ms Parks - one lady's stand, one civilisation's step forward.


26th Oct 2005, 02:04
A great book if you're interested: "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954 -1963". (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0671687425/002-1981991-4164043?v=glance)

What impressed me the most about her was that she was not young and idealistic when this happened. She was in her early forties. What guts - believe me (I unfortunately know a few on the other side....)

27th Oct 2005, 10:24
ohh i never knew she died

R.I.P a great women

29th Oct 2005, 06:40
The Guardian:

The late civil rights activist Rosa Parks will be the first woman to lie in honour in the United States Capitol Rotunda - a tribute formerly reserved for presidents, soldiers and prominent politicians. Ms Parks, who died on Monday, aged 92, will be only the second African American to receive this distinction*, allowing visitors to the capital to file past her casket tomorrow as they did for Ronald Reagan's last year........

Democrat congressman John Conyers, for whom Ms Parks worked in Detroit for 20 years, wrote the resolution. "We think having her body lie in honour in the Rotunda is probably the most expressive way that we can let everyone know the legacy of Rosa Parks is embraced by the federal legislature," he said. "I must say that the bipartisan support has been excellent."
The US senate voted on Thursday to allow the honour and the House of Representatives endorsed it yesterday. Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol, said the office was already working on seating and placement of the casket.

"The movement that Rosa Parks helped launch changed not only our country but the entire world, as her actions gave hope to every individual fighting for civil and human rights. We now can honour her in a way deserving of her contributions and legacy," said senate minority leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat.

Ms Parks has been the subject of numerous vigils over the last week, including a service in Martin Luther King's old church yesterday, and her body will be the focus of ceremonies in three cities. Today she will lie in state in her home, Montgomery, before being flown to Washington DC tomorrow afternoon. On Monday she will be flown to Detroit, where she moved from Alabama and where she will be buried on Tuesday. Officials expect huge crowds.

"It's easily going to be in the tens of thousands," executive assistant to the Montgomery mayor, Bobby Bright, told USA Today. In Montgomery and Detroit, bus seats were used to commemorate Ms Parks. "We cannot do enough to pay tribute to someone who has so positively impacted on the lives of millions," the mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, said.

(*Only 26 named Americans, including 10 presidents, have lain in honor in the Rotunda since the tradition began in 1852. Unknown soldiers from four wars were also honored.)

captain cumulonimbus
29th Oct 2005, 12:57
A brave and dignified lady.I just wonder who the guy was who insisted she give up her seat for him? What became of him?

29th Oct 2005, 15:16
I read of the bipartisan eulogies, and I wonder how much is due to changing standards, as opposed to true feelings. I wonder if the unlamented Captain Ed would say what a wonderful woman she was?

Let's face it, the only support quoted in the media comes from politicians or public figures, who don't need a weather vane to know which way the wind blows.

How much have basic attitudes really changed in the deep south?

29th Oct 2005, 17:23
Well Binos we probably need to ask Huck, however I can tell you that a lot has changed for the best in my 58 years of living in the United States mostly in southern states, except the 6 years I lived in England.

To be sure there is a VERY small minority white people that have not matured since the stone age that have racist views. These people receive a lot more attention in the media than they need or deserve. These people, such as the KKK, can only turn out less than 20 some supporters at the last few rallies they have held lately.

Nope times are a changing for the better and one reason was Rosa Parks, god bless her.