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Thank You, Sista Rosa


Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark/
You started our freedom movement/
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks/
Thank you Miss Rosa you are the spark/
You started our freedom movement/
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks . . .

-- The Neville Brothers, "Sister Rosa"


Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For a true icon of the Civil Rights Movement . . .

Rosa Parks (1913-2005)

Rosa Parks died on Oct. 26 of natural causes at the age of 92. All in all, she lived a very purposeful life, most notably igniting the Civil Rights Movement with her noble stance of refusing to give up a seat to a White man on a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955.

Two memorials were held over the weekend: Saturday at Rosa's former church in Montgomery, Ala. and on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial building in Washington, D.C., where her body will lie in state until Monday.

Her soul will be laid to rest on Wednesday in Detroit.

No matter what doubts you may have about Rosa's place in history, in the end, she was a true soul survivor. She was a quiet, yet, vigil soldier in "The Struggle."

Rosa's death is a reminder of how far we've come since the days of the civil rights movement and the long work ahead on improving race relations in America.

Racism is still alive and well and stronger than ever. Trust me, I experience racism almost everyday at my job. Racism is never ever going to go away. But we can work on improving our tolerance for one another -- through education and understanding.

So, I'm going to leave you with blogger Jay Smooth's Rosa Parks tribute song.

Take time out to give thanks to Rosa Parks -- whether you want to or not.

Love and peace, my brothers and sisters.

Holla!

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