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Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon who refused to move to the rear of the bus on December 1, 1955, has gone at 92.

Blogcritics thoughts on the meaning of her life:

Rosa Parks Never Came To Canada
Growing up in Canada in the 1960’s left you sort of oblivious to the issue of race. It’s not that it didn’t exist, more the fact that there simply were very few people of colour living in Canada at the…
Posted to Culture by gypsyman on October 30, 2005 06:32 AM

Rosa Parks and Fate
Miller: A lot of people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidences and things. They don’t realize that there’s this like lattice of coincidence that layers on top of everything. Give…
Posted to Culture by mpho on October 29, 2005 02:33 PM

How to Behave at Rosa Parks’ Funeral
THE LEGENDARY ROSA Parks passed away this week at the age of 92, prompting millions of Americans to recollect which civil rights icon she was. “She wasn’t the jazz singer. And she wasn’t the caged bird lady. I think she was…
Posted to Culture by Matthew T. Sussman on October 29, 2005 12:53 AM

Rosa Parks to Lie in State at U.S. Capitol Rotunda
Rosa Parks is about to break another precedent. On Sunday she will become the first woman ever to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., the Washington Post reports today. The resolution was written and introduced by…
Posted to Culture by Michael J. West on October 28, 2005 05:06 PM

Friday Femmes Fatales No 29 (Women Bloggers)
Where are all the female bloggers? Here, in my weekly “top ten” posts. I’m now approaching a collection of 300. Starting today with a cheering laugh, Madeleine Begun Kane, who has the adorable tagline “A Limerick A Day Keeps Republicans At…
Posted to Culture by Natalie Bennett on October 28, 2005 09:13 AM

Where Have All The Role Models Gone?
After reading about the passing of Rosa Parks Tuesday, I found myself rather depressed. This was a bit strange for me since a) the Civil Rights movement was way before my time and b) I’m not African American. …
Posted to Culture by J. Michael Parker on October 28, 2005 09:02 AM

Reflections On Rosa Parks
I feel compelled to say something meaningful about the death of Rosa Parks. And yet words fail me. I thought about just linking to this great essay by Sarah Vowell, which is in the Partly Cloudy Patriot, in which she writes…
Posted to Politics by Scott Butki on October 26, 2005 11:22 AM

What Rosa Parks Did
Today, as America mourns the passing of Rosa Parks, we’ve noted that it was almost exactly 50 years ago — December 1, 1955 — that she committed the act of civil disobedience for which we’ve remembered her ever since. The…
Posted to Culture by Michael J. West on October 25, 2005 01:35 PM

Rosa Parks Has Left Life’s Bumpy Bus
December 1st, 1955. That was the day that would years later become my birthday. But more important, that was the day that Rosa Parks grew sick and tired of being sick and tired. And the down-trodden everywhere thank her for…
Posted to Culture by Viqi French on October 25, 2005 12:17 PM

Rosa Parks: She Sat, She Inspired
On Dec. 1, 1955, in segregated Montgomery, AL, after a long, hard day at work, seamstress Rosa Parks headed homeward. Dog tired,…
Posted to Culture by Natalie Davis on October 25, 2005 01:14 AM

Rosa Parks Dies at 92
Rosa Parks, one of the most famous figures of the American Civl Rights Movement, died Monday evening at 92 years of age. We all know her from her refusal to sit in the back of the bus in 1955. That…
Posted to Culture by Erin McMaster on October 24, 2005 11:22 PM

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    A Seat On The Bus For Rosa

    Finally it’s time to go,
    All day I’ve pushed peddles with my feet,
    I’ll hurry to the bus stop,
    Being sure to get a good seat.

    There, a chance to rest,
    Home, I’m on my way,
    Only to get up tomorrow,
    And put in another day.

    Photos, questions and fingerprints,
    Did I commit a crime?
    I distinctly remembered when I boarded,
    Dropping in my dime.

    Why give up my seat?
    After working hard all day,
    I thought the fare was the same for all,
    Is there more I have to pay?

    Don’t they know how hard I’ve worked?
    To get this seat I had to rush,
    Now you’re going to tell me,
    Move to the back of the bus.

    Wait, I pay my takes,
    Even go to church and pray,
    They do not have the right,
    To treat Rosa Parks this way.

    I never wanted to start a movement,
    Just have a seat on the bus,
    Being treated fairly as an American,
    Why is everyone making such a fuss?

    My name is known throughout the world,
    In history books here and there,
    It really didn’t have to be me you know,
    Just anyone who paid their fare.

    Almost 50 years later,
    An Icon is my name,
    I’d gladly do it all again,
    Circumstances being the same,

    Heaven is my final journey,
    Can’t wait till I get there,
    Knowing I’m going to enjoy the ride,
    I’ve already paid my fare.

    By Luke Easter

  • naomi

    i think she did this world better for not giving that white man the seat they shouldn’t judge by your skin color