Dear Jean salutes Rosa Parks

Mother of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks, was born February 4th, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955, triggered a wave of protests throughout the United States.

It may appear as nothing extraordinary today, however in 1955 it was exceptional in the moderately integrated American south. Her action was not the first of its kind, but unlike previous actions of civil disobedience, Parks’ action sparked a massive boycott of public transportations which grew into the start of the American civil rights movement. Parks soon became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. Her quiet courageous act changed America and its view of black people.

Mrs Parks peacefully passed away October 24th, 2005.

Dear Rosa, today, on your birthday, we celebrate your memory.

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