Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Rosa Parks

Yesterday marked the 53rd anniversary of Rosa Parks' famous arrest in Montgomery, Alabama. On December 1, 1955 Parks refused to move to the back of the bus. Her refusal to get out of her seat spawned a 381 day bus boycott throughout Montgomery. Then in 1956 the Supreme Court banned segregation on public transportation.

What' s remarkable about this story is that Parks never intended on changing the law. "I did not get on the bus to get arrested; I got on the bus to go home," said Parks.

Daoists believe that water is the perfect symbol for change because although water seems soft, it will eventually erode stone. Parks was already part of the river. She worked as a secretary at her local NAACP chapter, worked with the NAACP Youth Council as well as the Voters League. If she wasn't apart of this river chances are nobody would have cared that she got arrested for not moving to the back of the bus. So, if we all find our rivers and stick with them you never know what you can personally alter in the future.

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