Tuesday, October 25, 2005
You May Go On And Do So
These were the words spoken in reply when Rosa Parks was told that she could be arrested for not giving up her seat on the bus in 1955.
Mrs. Parks died Monday evening at her home of natural causes, with close friends by her side. The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Ms. Parks had to move from her home in Alabama and relocate to Detroit to get work. Her and Her husband Raymond worked for the advancement of youth in the Detroit area with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. The institute, incorporated in 1987, is devoted to developing leadership among Detroit's young people and initiating them into the struggle for civil rights. In 1996, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to civilians making outstanding contributions to American life. In 1999, she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2002, her landlord threatened to evict her from her high-rise apartment in downtown Detroit after her caregivers missed rental payments. Riverfront Associates decided in October 2004 to let her live there rent-free permanently.
She not only was a role model for the black community, but a leader for all people.