Today — and every day — we salute the vision and courage of Rosa Parks, not just for what she did one day in being arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white passenger, but for a lifetime of commitment to the cause of equality. Contrary to what many people have written and said about her, the decision to break the law and get arrested was not an impulsive one and it was not because she was tired that day. It was a deliberate strategy from an active member of the local NAACP to challenge the barbarity of the laws enforcing segregation. Her modesty and grace made her a good choice but we should not forget her strength and sacrifice in the cause of justice. We can best honor her example by finding your way to bring greater justice to the world.
The US Postal Service has issued a new stamp in her honor.