to do a short presentation on Radio Diamond in honoring Black History for the Month of October, indeed it ought to be every day, but the show has been particularly poignant and keen to acknowledge this on their show for this month. I had to think what I wanted to do, how I wanted to do this, I decided then to do my research to familiarize myself again with the story of Rosa Parks as this was to the be topic, I decided once I had formulated the information I wanted, to do a poem, this is what I wrote, I wanted to encapsulate the story, the fight, the struggle to be accepted for who she was for her color and for racial equality for her people and for racial equality. Here goes.
I was asked yesterday by Imani Speaks
A Seat on the Bus, the Story of Rosa Parks,
By Susan Lawrence – Black History Month, October 2015
In 1955 you expected me to give up my rights to be me, to sit on the bus like anybody else but me.
You convicted me of violating the segregation law, but was it not segregating me by not accepting me?
I believed so strongly with conviction in the right to be me that I joined forces in a Community which wanted to end entrenched racial equality; Dr Martin Luther King was to become my right hand to support the journey to allow me to be me, against white supremacy.
We boycotted with dignity and strength. In 1932 I married Raymond Parks who was a long-time member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) so you see the fight was already within and in me, although my Husband discouraged me for fear of my safety, I believed in the fight and the right to be me.
I was convicted of violating the segregation laws but was it not so that segregation had been imposed by white supremacy? Whites in the front, blacks in the back, how was it okay for one rule for one and another rule for me? Where was the justice for me? For we?
The bus driver took it upon himself to impose segregation on that basis that whites were more superior to me. I decided to make my stand for racial equality to set a precedence to allow my people the right to racial equality; nobody ever had that right to take it away from me, for I and we will be allowed a seat on the bus.
Written by Susan Lawrence
23rd October 2015
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