A Pair of Reminders About Rosa Parks and that Bus
The Google doodle today commemorates the 55th anniversary of the refusal of Rosa Parks to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Ala., one of the most iconic events in the civil rights movement.
It's great that Google uses such a high-profile forum to focus public attention on important aspects of our history.
And searching Google News for coverage of today's anniversary led me to an equally important measure of context. Written by Starita Smith, an instructor at the University of North Texas, the column provides a short primer on the events leading up to Dec. 1, 1955, and concludes:
"Yes, we should praise Rosa Parks on this day. But let's also praise the other strategists and activists that we too often neglect when we mythologize the civil rights movement and reduce it to two people: Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.
They played their parts. But so did a lot of other people."
Too many to fit on a Google doodle.