Rosa Parks: 1913-2005

I lit a memorial candle tonight for someone I never met, for a moment in time when one woman’s decision not to give in meshed with one man’s determination to change the world without violence. As the light flickers, I think of those who paved the way; of those who heeded the call; those who would not or could not then but learned to live in a different world; those who grew up never knowing a time when it was illegal to sit in the front of a bus, eat at a lunch counter, drink from the wrong water fountain; those who have yet to take a stand but will change the world for the better.

"Whenever you get out of Egypt, you always confront a little tension, you always confront a temporary setback. If you didn’t confront that you’d never get out." — Martin Luther King, Jr., 4/7/1957

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  1. The Hip and Zen Pen

    Today we say goodbye…

    To a hero. To a woman who stood up by sitting down. To the activist who launched a thousand activists, far better than being the face who launched a thousand ships, don’t you think? Yes, I’m talking about Rosa Parks.

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