Rosa Parks

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In the 1950s South, front bus seats were usually marked "whites only." Rosa Parks was not in the whites only section when she was told to give up her seat to a white man. Three other black passengers moved. Mrs. Parks kept her seat.

Mrs. Parks only meant to resist one rude driver. Her simple resolve that day, however, inspired a city bus boycott . . . which sparked nonviolent protests . . . which eventually brought the courts, the president, and Congress to the cause of equal rights.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. In 1955, a woman riding home from work quietly moved her nation down the road to justice. Some leadership requires nothing more than example . . . in the high calling of our daily work.

If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest.

(Eccl. 10:4)

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