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Rosa Parks: One person CAN make a difference

One simple act of nonviolent, civil disobedience became a catalyst that changed a nation. Rosa Parks was the proverbial David standing up against Goliath. A black woman, prescribed by the predominantly white society as a second-class citizen, by a simple act of refusal, chose to no longer be treated as an inferior. "I felt I had a right to be treated as any other passenger," she said in 1992. "We had endured that kind of treatment for too long." The Associated Press writes, "Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a then little-known Baptist minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. "Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a then little-known Baptist minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work." (more about Parks' life) Rosa Parks is a heroic example that one person can make a difference. And it all began with one simple — but quite courageous — act. She even said that she never expected the result. "At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this," Mrs. Parks said 30 years later. "It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in." One person taking a stand (even if it was the act of sitting) changed a nation. She serves an example to us all that sometimes you have to take a stand against injustice. It may not lead to a grand movement, but you never know when your one act of courage in standing against injustice serves as a catalyst for change. Rosa Parks, an American hero. Rest in peace.

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