Hundreds attended the funeral of civil rights icon, Rosa Parks', in Detroit and here on the South Plains people are also remembered her. Wednesday evenings are often devoted to church, and this Wednesday, many church's devoted a portion their sermons to everything Rosa Parks stood for.
Pastor Wendell Davis usually teaches his congregation at Lyons Chapel Baptist church of the gospel word. But Wednesday, part of his message was from a real life scenario, as the nation said good-bye to Rosa Parks. "When someone whose life has been used to make life better for other people, not just themselves, when they pass it becomes of greater significance," said Pastor Davis.
He celebrates Parks and reminds the congregation of how she pioneered the civil rights movement without ever setting out to do so. "She was tired. She wasn't trying to make a civil rights movement," said Davis, "she wasn't trying to spark any kind of movement, she was simply tired and so we see such relevance in that."
The Story Behind the Bus
Lubbock City Councilman, Floyd Price remembers when Parks wouldn't give up her seat on that bus in Alabama. He's thankful for her actions and said he's seen a change with race relationships.
Price said, although "the original freedom fighter" may now be gone, her message will live on.
"She will be missed as far as that scenario, but right now in 2005, we've got others that's gonna keep the ball rolling," said Price.
Pastor Davis hopes the children of his congregation will never forget how Rosa Parks helped shape the way we look at race, and that it didn't take an already famous icon to do it. "She by her action said even the quote, "insignificant people," of this nation can make significant contributions," said Davis.
Lyons Chapel Baptist Church will likely devote more time to Parks' memory in January and February during Black History Month when they have even more reason to celebrate her actions.
Thousands Honor Parks With Songs, Thanks
A church packed with 4,000 mourners celebrated the life of Rosa Parks Wednesday in an impassioned, song-filled funeral, with a crowd of notables giving thanks for the humble woman whose dignity and defiance helped transform a nation.