Rosa Parks

February 4, 1913 - October 24, 2005

"Each person must live their life as a model for others.

Sitting Down for What She Believes In

Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955 at age 42 sat down on a Montgomery City Bus after a long day as a seamstress. She made sure to sit in the section for colored people and the bus getting filled up. A white man walks in, but there are no seats left in the white section, so the bus driver asks four African-Americans to move. Among those four was Rosa Park who later she said that she continued sitting not because she was physically tired, but tired of giving in.

Rosa Parks who was apart of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, sparked African-Americans to boycott the Montgomery city buses. The boycott posed a serious economic threat to the company and a social threat to the white rule in the city. The boycott lasted until into December 1956, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the segregation law is unconstitutional. Rosa Parks ignited an era of non-violent mass protests in support of civil rights in America.

Relation to Scripture

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)

Rosa's principles agrees with the passage because she fights for everyone to be one in the world and equal in all parts.

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We are Good. We are in Relation. We are Free.

Rosa Parks believed that all people were created equal and that skin color should not influence the way someone is treated. She believes in justice for all but also that everyone should be treated with respect and with human dignity. This allows us to be in relationship with others and when one is in communion with others, it means that everyone’s differences is accepted and praised with love. Lastly, Rosa Parks believed in freedom. She made the choice to not stand up for the white man because she should not be controlled by what others say and the prejudices they think about her.

Old Law Beliefs vs. New Law Beliefs: Rosa Parks Does Both

Rosa Park’s has respect for human life and concern for the vulnerable from the Old Law. She peacefully refused to be moved. She did not fight hatred with hatred but treated herself and others with the dignity that everyone deserves. She is concerned for the colored people because they are oppressed. They are looked down upon and treated as if they are not human but Rosa Parks worked to change segregation and give people the compassion they deserve.

Rosa Parks believes in the respect for human dignity in all people and the special concern for the poor and vulnerable from the New Law. She knew that all people have dignity and deserve respect. She joined the NAACP and fought for equality between colored people and white people to mend the hate and start a relationship based on respect. She understands the situation of both sides and strives to create a equal and fair plan. Rosa worked to help the vulnerable because she gave African-Americans a voice. A voice that does not accept the injustices forced on them and gave them hope that segregation can be changed and love can be spread.

How to Help

  • Treat everyone with the respect they deserve
  • Refrain from using racist jokes and stereotypes
  • Always speak out against injustices you witness

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