How Rosa Parks Became the “Patron Saint” of the Civil Rights Movement

Sixty years ago today, Rosa Parks, a “faithful member of St. Paul’s AME Church in Montgomery,” Alabama, refused to give up her seat to a white man on the bus. Gospel Coalition blogger, Justin Taylor, tells the story in this Washington Post article of how Rosa Parks, through her Christian faith, effectively became the “patron saint” of the American Civil Rights movement on December 1, 1955. Taylor notes five misunderstandings about Parks that have been distorted by popular history. While another woman previous to Parks challenged the bus segregation laws, it was the almost “biblical quality” of Parks that made her an iconic figure. How many of us today have the almost “biblical quality” that set Rosa Parks apart from others on that day in 1955?

Here is an interview with Parks before her death in 2005:

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Clarke Morledge -- Computer Network Engineer, College of William and Mary... I hiked the Mount of the Holy Cross, one of the famous Colorado Fourteeners, with some friends in July, 2012. My buddy, Mike Scott, snapped this photo of me on the summit. View all posts by Clarke Morledge

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