The Long History of a Bus Ride – New York Times

A brief but excellent reminder that Rosa Parks was far more crafty and pugnacious than the image of a tired lady wanting a seat would convey. Giving life to Gandhi’s exhortation that, “you must be the change you wish to see in the world”…

All of this preceded the moment when Rosa Parks refused to give up her own seat on the bus. Even after her arrest she had to agree to fight the charges of violating segregation laws, and risk angering the white establishment in town and losing her job. Her husband and her mother told her she was going to be lynched for becoming the named plaintiff in a challenge to segregation. She made a deliberate decision to take up the fight. There was nothing spontaneous about this. And she knew that she would not be fighting alone.

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