Dear Rosa Parks

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” -Rosa Parks

Thanks for demonstrating the power of questioning the status quo.

Thanks for refusing to go along in the name of getting along.

Thanks for being bold in your defiance of commonly accepted practices that many others were afraid to challenge.

Thanks for rocking the boat by doing what you needed to do in spite of the protests of those who were annoyed and inconvenienced by your resistance to the resistance.

Thanks for your willingness to pay the price of being shamed and scorned in order to remain true to your convictions.

Thanks for listening to the inner voice that whispered “take a stand” rather than obeying the bullies who shouted “take a back seat.”

Thanks for choosing freedom over convenience.

Because of you, it’s become a little bit easier for others to do the same.

May your example continue to shine a light for future generations.

Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks.