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Rosa Parks ~ Dreams of Africa in Alabama Still Alive
The authentic lifetime legacy of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks will unfold in the US Capitol Statuary Hall. Globally, Heads of State, Captains of Industry and Women of all faiths will indeed stand with a few good men to recognize the legacy of a common women with uncommon courage. A living legacy continues to spring from the red clay of Alabama in a good way...
The growing legacy of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks will stand tall in our US Capitol, why the secret?
"I rejoice that my country recognizes that this woman changed the course of American history, that this woman became a cure for the cancer of segregation," said the Reverend Vernon Shannon, pastor of John Wesley African-Methodist-Episcopal Zion in Washington, one of many who rose before dawn on to view the casket in the US Capitol Rotunda not long ago.
More than 30,000 interfaith, intercultural and intergenerational Americans and foreign visitors reverently proceeded around the raised wooden casket of Rosa Parks, yet her spirit lives and millions will visit her statue soon. Rosa Parks Centennial Celebration is February 4, 2013.
President Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy and just recently Hawaiian US Senator Inouye also have received our nation's highest honor lying in state under the most sacred symbols of our American Democracy within the US Capitol Rotunda.
President George Bush and congressional leaders listen intently as a choir sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic in honor of Rosa Parks. Representative John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat in whose Detroit congressional office Parks worked for years, sums up the clear reality, "the legacy of Rosa Parks is more than just a success for the civil rights movement or for African-Americans. It means it's a national honor."
Sylviane A. Diouf, curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, shares a growing legacy of the slave ship Clotilda and the story of the last African brought to America.
The Historic Spanish Port at Mobile Bay has amazing primary source documentation of the indigenous nations “up river” along the Black Warrior River, a tributary of the Tombigbee River of Alabama. Enslaved Africans, “Alabama Tribes,” Irish-Scottish and other European blood mixtures upon the red clay indeed builds strong character and a determined spirit in the “Heart of Dixie.”
Soon, President Barack Obama, Senate Harry Reid and House Speaker Boenher will unveil an artistic likeness of Rosa Parks and she will stand for eternity in the Statuary Hall of the US Capitol.
A courageous symbol of millions of our African ancestors who were snatched from homes, villages and cities throughout the African continent to endure the death chambers of the Middle Passage, an ongoing MAAFA for many, yet to be officially and formally documented by the United States of America in the US Vistors Center, Emancipation Hall.
At the dawning of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, brutality, violence and injustice continues to stalk people of African ancestry in an anti-African reality where xenophilia today leads the daily impact from internalized oppression. A new way forward, healing what is hurting Black America is expanding slowly, the village is on fire...
The symbol of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks will remind us all the amazing progress we enjoy and the ongoing journey we must move towards “forming a more perfect union.”