Rosa Parks, MLK’s work
on civil rights honored
Now in my 80s, I can still remember with regret the practice of segregation during my childhood.
I attended a segregated elementary school in Arkansas and rode public buses on which African-Americans were allowed to sit only in the rear. Segregation seemed permanent.
In 1955, however, Rosa Parks had the courage to challenge the lack of civil rights for African-Americans when she refused to relinquish her seat on a bus to a Caucasian man. By so doing, she prompted a continuing American conversion to greater civil rights.
On Jan. 20, 2020, the Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County will be remembering Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during its MLK Celebration at the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church from noon to 1:30 p.m. The public is welcome.
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