“Memories of our lives, of our works and deeds will continue in others.”
Only an arbitrary line divides the substantive meaning of the Rosa Parks legacy.
The story of Rosa Parks legacy begins with the beginning of the legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks took a defiant stance and decided for herself she would fight this
ugly thing called JIM CROW.
This act of supreme courage by Rosa Parks sparked protest from black and white people alike
In 1946 Irene Morgan refused to give up her seat for a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama and she was arrested, but no protest followed, Two months before Rosa Parks was arrested, Mary Louise Smith and
Claudette Colvin, all black women were arrested for refusing to give up their seats to white passengers; no protest supported these black women.
The question is WHY?
Why was there no protest to support Mary Louise Smith, Claudette Colvin and Irene Morgan?
The answer is simple.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had not yet arrived in Montgomery, Alabama.
Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. was a God sent man, he was sent expressly for the purpose of
leading the people in a city grossly unfair to it’s outstanding black American citizens.
Once Dr. King settled in as the new pastor of Dexter Street Baptist Church all the right pieces were
in place for God to do His work through Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks together.
The fight sparked by ninety pound Rosa Parks took 381 days of Montgomery’s black population refusing to ride the city buses. Some of those protesters walked an average of twenty miles a day and they did it for over a year.
The white bus company lost close to $300,000 in dimes!
On the brink of going out of business the white bus company had to meet the
demands set forth largely by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MIA President)
Montgomery Improvement Association.
At the end of the protest there was a new spirit born; a small black boy standing with his father was seen warming his hands at the foot of a burning cross set fire by the KKK.
The boy and his father used the fire to warm themselves and there was no fear of the fire,
because Rosa Parks and Dr. King taught them that God and fear do not share the same space.
Once a child of God knows this truth never again will that person taste the fear of any man,
system, monster or beast.
I will close with a quote.
“There is no education like adversity.”
College Park, Georgia