Happy birthday, Rosa Parks! If the "mother of the freedom movement" were still alive, she'd be 100 years old today. (She passed away in 2005.) Growing up, I remember hearing the story of the exhausted seamstress from Alabama who one day decided she'd had enough and could no longer stand giving up her seat to white passengers. Her stand inspired the Montgomery bus strike, a major victor of the civil rights movement.
It wasn't until recently that I learned I had Rosa Park's story all wrong.
This wasn't just a random action of an individual. And Rosa Parks wasn't just a tired worker. She was much, much more than that -- and her real story is so much more inspiring.