Rosa Parks would have celebrated her 104th birthday today.
“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would also be free.”
“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically. No, the only tired I was was tired of giving in.”
“I learned to put my trust in God and to see Him as my strength. Long ago I set my mind to be a free person and not to give in to fear. I always felt that it was my right to defend myself if I could. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, that diminishes fear, knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
Rosa Parks received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Spingarn Medal, the Martin Luther King Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize and the presidential Medal of Freedom, she’s the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol, there is an institute named after her and her husband but she’s still well remembered for the refusal to give her seat to a white man. She knew that Black people face the infringement of their rights every day and her full life was a great example of how to win being on the edge.