On this, the 55th anniversary of the day civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, we bring back a salute to Parks from Liane Harder, who was a teen in Michigan, U.S.A. writing for YJI in 2005 when Parks died. She's pictured above, with American President Bill Clinton.
Here is the start of her tribute:
October 31, 2005
Her legacy makes the Motor City proud
By Liane Harder
As Detroit prepared for Super Bowl XL, an ominous dark cloud appeared over the city. There was a moment of silence, and then everyone burst into action. The city moved faster than ever to spread the news. Rosa Parks, civil rights activist and Detroit legend, was dead.
Television broadcasts of football games and news were interrupted, and phones began to ring. Soon, everyone knew of the event.
Parks was 92 years old when she died Monday night, at her Detroit home. She had been having health problems for a while, and many say she had one foot in the grave. Still, her death came as a shock to the community.In a city known for gang violence and a general state of disrepair, Parks was like a ray of light. She gave hope to the community, because she was like an angel watching out for us. She cared about the city of Detroit. To read the rest of Liane's piece, please follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/36erroe