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Obama aboard the Rosa Parks bus in Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum, April 18, 2012. (Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Sometimes there are no words that do justice to a moment in history. Only a picture will work. 

The photo above exemplifies what all the Freedom Rides and bus boycotts and sit-ins and marches were about. A simple thing. An ordinary choice to be comfortable as one goes about his day. A man -- in this case, a black man who happens to be president of the United States -- sits in the front half of a bus. 

This is all you need to know about civil rights. 

When you find yourself getting discouraged about how slowly things change, think of this photo. Then look at the one below, taken in 1956, a year after Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955.  

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For credits and more on Rosa Parks, go to http://bit.ly/Jbqnv7.

 


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04/23/2012 09:19

It is hard not to get impatient, but good to be reminded that progress is being made - and that we must not lose heart or determination.

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04/23/2012 15:19

I found that photo to be poignant. To me it illustrates what a lonesome job being president it.

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When Rosa Parks didn't stand up for the white guys who entered the bus, it was the beginning of something big. The protest that ended up in giving some rights to the black people. All credits go to Rosa Parks.

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