I grew up during the 1950s and 1960s and the memories of segregation, Governor George Wallace, beatings, police dogs and man's inhumanity to man still remain as sharp images in my mind.
I was picked up off the ground by my shirt collar while drinking from a water fountain in a Sears & Roebuck store by their security guard. He yelled, "Are you stupid boy?" while shaking me like a rag doll. That experience occurred in Savannah, Georgia and I was only 7 years old. You see, I was silly enough to think water was water and paid no attention to the sign that read "Coloreds Only."
Rosa Parks had finally had enough of the injustices leveled against her and other African Americans. She exhibited courage in the face of white supremacy and the constant barrage of humiliation and insults given out daily.
Does Rosa Parks deserve a statue? Why wouldn't she? Rosa Parks was a catalyst for change that was long overdue and it happened over a simple act of refusing to sit in the back of a bus. You bet Rosa Parks deserves a statue!