Saturday, November 05, 2005

Honoring Rosa Parks: The Power of Hanging in There

My friend Elaine VanCleave, a Bread for the World grassroots leader in Birmingham, Ala., recommends the article The Real Rosa Parks. Too often those of us involved in the fight for justice get discouraged or impatient when change does not come immediately. There's something about the power of "hanging in there." "This is a great article about Rosa Parks that speaks to what it really takes to create a movement," says Elaine.

This excerpt speaks volumes: In short, Rosa Parks didn’t make a spur-of-the-moment decision. She didn’t single-handedly give birth to the civil rights efforts, but she was part of an existing movement for change, at a time when success was far from certain.

And then there's this quote: Parks’s journey suggests that change is the product of deliberate, incremental action, whereby we join together to try to shape a better world. Sometimes our struggles will fail, as did many earlier efforts of Parks, her peers, and her predecessors.
So  Read the Full Article  and hang in there!

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