Rosa Parks was not out to win a popularity contest. Was she?
She also was not the first to refuse to give up her bus seat for a white man. But thank goodness she did on December 1, 1955. She was 42.
- Where did her courage come from?
- Why did she demonstrate it?
- Did she have a plan?
- What was she prepared to give up?
- What did she think she’d gain?
- Was she scared?
Rosa Parks is one of my heros, inspiring me to use courage for the right reasons. So today I commit to asking the same questions.
And, by the way, it’s not a popularity contest. Courage rarely makes you popular until years later.