Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks
Fodder's beaten me to it, but some sad news was the passing overnight of Rosa Parks. Parks has come to symbolise the civil rights movement after her commitment to refuse to stand for a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus led to the nationwide bus boycott and the rise to prominence of Dr Martin Luther King. It always amazes me how such huge revolutionary movements often get sparked off by the smallest things, which have the ability to unite a gathering force to fight a common enemy. Rosa Parks was a very reluctant hero, and spent the majority of her life trying to escape public limelight. Yet still, she is seen as a central mythical figure in the fight for civil rights in the US. Let's hope she finds her peace now...