Rosa Parks has died

October 24, 2005

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The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Rosa Parks is dead (link via Dean’s World).

UPDATE: CNN has it as well.

UPDATE3:

Wikipedia entry

UPDATE2: Many bloggers are posting their thoughts:

Rand Simberg:

Her bravery moved many Americans to the front of many buses, both literally and metaphorically.

Michelle Malkin:

A civil rights pioneer passes.

Roger L. Simon:

This American Hero deserved to live until a ripe old age.

Ann Althouse:

"I am leaving this legacy to all of you … to
bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our
lives should be."

Random Observations…:

One person standing up can be the catalyst for change.

3 Old Men:

Of all the figures of my lifetime, she’s the one who personifies
integrity and humility.  She changed the world, but she never changed.
She just kept being Rosa Parks – to the end.

noise to signal:

Rosa’s always been personally important to me, as a symbol of the power
for change ordinary people can have. Dr. King was already an
accomplished minister when he took up the cause of civil rights. Ghandi
was university-educated when he was thrown off a train. Rosa? Rosa was
a woman who believed in dignity.

It Ain’t Rocket Science:

May God bless her and her family. She accomplished great things in her
lifetime and will be fondly remembered. May her legacy live on.

On the Rocks with a Twist:

…this woman should be a reminder to us all that one person – one act of protest – really can make a difference in how things are run in this country.

Desert Rat Democrat:

She was an authentic American hero, precisely because she was an ordinary American standing for what she believed in.

Independent Conservative:

A great American has passed away. I don’t think someone so great can be
summed up in a simple post. But we all are better for her most
triumphant of efforts! And she earned her rest with the Lord!

The View from the Left:

…anytime the United States of America loses a person of such high moral character, we become less than we were.

Mansel Report:

A great lady who survived a time of ugliness and hatred who became more than what she ever imagined.

The Other Shoe:

Rosa Parks helped remake our country,
making America become what we had always aspired to be…the land of
the free, and the home of the brave.

Free. Brave. That was Rosa Parks. May she rest in peace.

I’m sure there will be lots more in the morning. Needless to say, Parks was one of the major figures of the Twentieth Century and, though she has passed on, the courage she showed and the example she set will outlive us all.

UPDATE4: La Swan Barber has lots of links and trackbacks for more remembrances and comments.

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