Churches remember Rosa Parks's courage

"She recognized a law higher than human law"
Rosa Louise Parks, a woman of faith whose soft-spoken refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, launched the civil rights movement, was hailed widely last month at her death.

“Surely Mrs. Rosa Parks was sent to us by God, because few among us were so well prepared to play such a momentous role in history,” said Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Parks died October 24 at age 92 in Detroit, where she had lived since 1957. The Alabama native in 1999 received the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and was named by Time magazine that same year as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

Over the years—despite threats from diehard segregationists—Parks spoke to scores of student, civic and church groups, gave dozens of interviews and saw streets and schools—and a rap song she disapproved of—named after her.

 

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