Featured: A Valediction for Rosa Parks: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

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Biography by Ewemade Orobator, President of BME TVFM The words historic and greatest are often used as freely and casually as confetti at a wedding. Yet in the case of the Rosa Parks, such words do her a massive injustice due to their inadequacy. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat over 50 years ago in Montgomery Alabama, she set of a catalyst of events that literally changed the world and sent a message that no amount of police threats, intimidation, loss of livelihoods, personal attacks and racist attacks and murders could suppress. She was a humble seamstress not a icon or a political giant – but her simple act of defiance bought about the changes that are celebrated in this prayer of thanks led by the Rev. Grainger Browning of Ebenezer AME Church in Prince George's County. 2,500 mourners cramped into the church to pay a tears of joy service. Her courage was recognised by American Governments spread over four decades. In 1996, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom before being awarded the United States' highest civilian honour, the Congressional Gold Medal, in 1999. And in 2005, one of the highest honours of all in death – a lying in state –given to only 20 or so previous dead American heroes but the first given to a Women. The 20-hour memorial visit drew an estimated 40,000 people to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where Parks's body lay. So what has this greatest of Women left us? Let her own words serve as a living epitaph of hope for all who wish to see an end to the injustice she gave her life to fight for: "I am leaving this legacy to all of you," she said in 1988, "to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. "Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die - the dream of freedom and peace."
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