Thursday, February 21, 2013

Rosa Parks, a Courageous Woman

Rosa Parks is no doubt a wonderful figure of our American history. If there ever was a statement to be made of a courageous woman, then she gets my attention. The thing is, most people may not view her as courageous, bu she truly is.


Because Rosa Parks did something at that time that was unheard of. She was a black woman that wouldn't take no for an answer, and she sat  on the same side of  the bus as a white man, and stood up for her civil rights.

Rosa Parks Revolutionary Act of Courage 

Not only did Rosa Parks sit on the same side of the bus as a white man, but she wouldn't give up her seat for a white man. Can you say,"Go Rosa?" 

No doubt it caused a stir, but why should this have EVER been the case? Her courage launched the Civil Rights movement, and as a result she was arrested. So, who is this woman really?

Parks  wasn't just a woman, but she was a well known woman. In fact, she was the secretary of the Montgomery Chapter of the NAACP. She had held this position since the year 1943, and she was more than happy to challenge the Jim Crow laws. 

These laws were set on public transportation and the plan to boycott bussing be equal for all. At the time, man tried to get her to say that she wouldn't stand due to her sore feet. I love how Parks states that:

"The only tired I was, was tired of giving in."-Rosa Parks

That my friends is courage, it's persistence, it's being bold, it's being confident, and all of the other things that Americans should be. Perhaps, she is one of the greatest profiles in history to look to when it comes to taking a stand for the courage of women too. 

So, what did Parks do with her moment of fame? 

What Happened to Rosa Parks?

At the time I don't believe that Rosa Parks got the recognition that her act of courage deserved. In fact, I think it was so watered down that it was a shame that we didn't really hold her up until later in life for what she did. 

How sad, that it took years for people to view her as courageous, and to appreciate her willingness to stand up for what she believed was right and true. 

Parks went on to work as a seamstress, never speaking of what happened on that day. Would you say that she was due much respect? I would. Most people today do an act of courage, or what they feel is courageous, but all they want to do is talk about how wonderful they are. 

They have no desire to really teach others how to do the same. This is what Courageous Life is really all about. We need more acts of courage, and we need leaders and mentors. 

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