There is probably not anything I could say in this post tonight, that would do true justice to the life and legacy of Ms. Rosa Parks.
Sometimes I think the words 'courage' and 'patriot' are overused in today's society, so much so that they have almost lost their meaning.
But not in the case of Rosa Parks. Her courage helped define the modern Civil Rights Movement, and gave voice to a generation of oppressed Americans who began to demand accountability from the government that had failed them.
And she was a true patriot in every sense of the word. And because she was a patriot, she demanded the best from her country. She knew that America was not what it could or should be at that moment in time. And because she loved her country, she worked tirelessly to change it.
When I think of Rosa Parks and the other mothers and fathers of the civil rights movement, I think of the incredible gifts they left my generation. And I have to ask myself, what is the gift my generation will leave the next? Years from now, when my 10-year old cousin and her generation read about the lies that lead us into Iraq, and the cycle of poverty that prevented so many from fleeing Hurricane Katrina's impending wrath in New Orleans, what will they say about us? Will they say that we did nothing? Will they say we sat idely by while America sent its sons and daugthers to die in a needless war? And that we did not have the will or the courage to help lift up the least among us?
So tonight I simply want to say "thank you" to Rosa Parks. Thank you for your courage and patriotism that helped show us the way.