Remembering a Mother of the Movement - 62 Years Ago Today

Sixty Two years ago today, December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, AL city bus. That act of courage precipitated the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the first civil rights campaign involving Martin Luther King, Jr. Rosa Parks' life of faith and commitment to racial justice prepared her for that fateful day. Watch the video posted below to see a historically accurate dramatization of that event. It comes from the movie "The Rosa Parks Story" featuring Angela Bassett as Rosa Parks. I highly recommend this movie as a testimony to the her life and witness. The second video is an interview with Rosa Parks in 1995 in which she reflects back on that day and her ongoing commitment to racial justice. When Rosa Parks died in 2005 at the age of 92, she was the first woman and second African American to lie in honor in the rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. As we continue the struggle for racial justice in our society today, let us give thanks for the great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) that went before us as an inspiration and calling to keep our eyes on the prize - the Beloved Community.