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Rosa Parks: Life and Legacy

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At the age of 92, Rosa Parks died of natural causes. This extraordinary woman was the mother of the civil rights movement. She survived long enough to see African Americans gain the right to equal education and opportunities.

Her legacy began in Alabama on a bus. She refused to give up her seat to a white man. Attempts to put her out in the forefront made her run to solitude. All she would say was, “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” Hopefully the black youth of today will recognize that the freedoms they have today were earned by the bravery and the blood of others.

Whenever people brought up the reason for her legacy she would say, "Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again." She was a reluctant hero, but thank God she was willing to also live like one.

She said, "Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way."

Who knew that Dec.1, 1955 would be the day that someone finally said, “Enough!” Parks’ actions showed strength that many had not seen. She did not cower when she was arrested and jailed. Her action resulted in a 381 day strike that nearly broke the economy of Birmingham, AL.

What a difference one person can make. Parks said, "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." Most notably, "Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others." Truly her life will be remembered.

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. Elie Wiesel
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