Rebellious Education with Rosa Parks

Reblogged from Dispatches from Intentional Community:

I don’t like to say “never” because, well, you never know. So I guess I tend to operate in a sort of hopeful fatalism, which is why the powerful introduction to Rosa Park’s new autobiography, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks was such a downer. I was looking up Rosa Parks not because it’s Black History Month, nor because I’d heard of the book, but because I’d overheard my 15-year-old daughter and her 16-year-old friend (both offspring of life-long political activists) say, “Who’s Jessie Jackson?” during a game of Apples to Apples.

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Sue Little Flower is one of my heroes. She lives and works at the Catholic Worker House called Little Flower not far from my communes.

[caption id="attachment_8432" align="aligncenter" width="349"]Sue Little Flower Sue Little Flower[/caption]

This is a link to her most recent blog post on Rosa Parks, and why the myth around her is disempowering rather than inspiring. BUT i do have a piece of advice, if you ever get arrested with Sue (which i did a few years back) dont step in front of the magistrate right after her, because the powers that be are going to be in a rip-roaring bad mood having just wrestled with this activist with a very long (and inspiring) arrest record.