Ah, Mrs, Parks. Another hero has left us, but fortunately her heroic efforts won’t be forgotten. Growing up watching Detroit television and listening to Detroit radio, I certainly knew about Rosa Parks and her fight for equality for all humans. Her story is just one of the ones I grew up with among many stories, including my own mother’s experience of being asked to leave a bar because she was dancing with a black man (back in the mid-seventies). I don’t understand racial discrimination. I don’t understand how it still exists. And it does, and yes even in Canada. I’m just glad the world has people like Mrs. Parks who are willing to fight for human rights to make life in this world better.
The following is an excerpt from the article linked above. Funny how the library’s mission has changed over the years since obviously our current goal is “access for all”, and in the past it was “access for all, but better access for some”.
“As youth adviser to the NAACP, she helped young people organize protests at the city’s main public library. There were separate libraries for black and white people. The one for blacks had far fewer books.
She organized black youths to go to the main library to ask for service. By Jim Crow rules, blacks could order and pick up books from the library, but they couldn’t browse the stacks or study there. Despite several attempts, they were unsuccessful in changing the policy”