Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Rosa Parks, R.I.P.

Martin Luther King had the soaring rhetoric. Thurgood Marshall had the canny legal strategy. But the true turning point of the civil rights movement was neither legal nor rhetorical, but the simplest. It was an action -- one 42 year-old black woman refusing to give up her seat on a bus to someone else just because they were another color. That simplest of actions -- or "non-actions," as one might say -- sparked a revolution that changed the world.

And, fifty years later, that revolution continues.

Rosa Parks, thank you for everything.

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