Women’s History Month: We honor Rosa Parks, she changed America Publisher’s Note: This

month for Women’s History Month, we feature three notable African

American women who

changed America. One of those women isRosa Parks. In honor of Women’s History Month, 2018, The Greensboro Times is re-publishing the 2005 Publisher’s View honoring Rosa Parks on her death at the age of 92 on October 24, 2005.

We republish this Publisher’s Earl Jones, Publisher

View in honor of the late Rosa Parks and as a tribute to those women who worked and sacrificed their lives and livelihood for racial, social and economic justice for African-

Americans. The top story of 2005 that touched

the heart, spirit and soul of the African-American community in Guilford County, Greensboro, and the Nation was the death of 92 year old Rosa Parks on Monday October 24, 2005. In 1955, Rosa Parks challenged the racist status quo at the time by refusing to accommodate the government sanctioned Jim Crow segregation by refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama to a white man. Her single act of courage on that day was tantamount toDavid slaying Goliath. Her act sparked a civil and human rights movement that changed theworld and continues to this day to influence people who love freedom and challenge human oppression in all forms.

I was fortunate enough to meet, talk and spend time with Rosa Parks when she came to Greensboro in 1995 to accept the Alston-Jones International Civil and Human Rights award. When the Civil Rights Museum Board of Directors established the award in the founders’ names,myself and co-founder Melvin “Skip” Alston, it was their intent to honor individuals whose courage, sacrifice and demonstrated commitment to human rights would eventually, over time,elevate the award and honor to Nobel Awards Status. Rosa Parks was a most worthy and deserving recipient reflective of that status more than any other American living at that time.

I was blessed to be able to talk to Mrs. Parks and spend some time

with her while she was here in Greensboro during that time. We talked about the political issues of the day, and she gave me some insight into the character and spiritual strength of Rev. Martin Luther King and Rev. Ralph Abernathy. At some point during one of our conversations, an intense spiritual, but soothing-- feeling gripped me, and I felt cold chills resonate throughout my body. As we talked to each other, I began to feel a deep connection and bond with her and realized that I had felt this spiritual strength and strength of character before. I felt an infusion of spiritual energy and strength radiating from her that became familiar. My spiritual core had been touched this way many times before. Mrs. Parks’ spiritual radiance had touched me before when my late maternal grandmother would hug me and encourage me at age five in the late evening teaching me to read using the Holy Bible, and when my great Aunt Alice attempting to teach me to play the piano and telling me to love myself, reminding me not to forget my manners when out in public and constantly telling me that I could be anything I wanted to be as long as I trusted in God as my guide and to always try to do what’s right.

Yes, I had heard this quite voice filled with strength, love and compassion before; I had experienced and felt this warmth and protection from this world before. The dignity, the self-respect, the humility and the presence of the Holy Spirit in a special quite place as a young boy at age four, five, six and seven in a special time and place with my late Grandma Vera, my grandmother’s sister, Aunt Alice, and my own mother. Yes, Rosa Parks was special, but you know, when I think about it, it shouldn’t be surprising. She comes from a special people, a people who placed God first and who have been taught to follow the Holy Spirit and you can overcome slavery, lynching, and Jim Crow segregation, and any other evil of this world that attempt to destroy us as a people.

And yes, she is the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, and

many refer to her as Mother Rosa, but you know she is your mother, aunt, and grandmother, and mine as well. Can’t you feel it? I know I can. We practically see her every day. The older black lady singing in the church choir, the grandmother leaving the mall stopping to button up her little grandson’s coat to shield him from the cold outside and the aunt reminding her little nephew to open the door for his little sister and to sit up straight in his chair. Can’t you see her, Mother Rosa? I know I can.

Thank you Mother Rosa Parks, we will speak again, but not now. I

will be with you, my Aunt Alice, and Grandma Vera soon, but our Father is not ready for me yet. No, not yet. There’s more work here to do.



The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to present the selected alternative for the proposed interchange improvements at U.S. 29 and Reedy Fork Parkway (S.R. 4771), in Guilford County.

The meeting will be held on Monday, March 26 at the Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center located at 6275 Bryan Park Road in Greensboro from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. All comments received will be taken into consideration as the project progresses.

As information becomes available, it may be viewed online at the NCDOT Public Meeting Website: publicmeetings

Anyone desiring additional information may contact Ahmad Al-Sharawneh, NCDOT, Project Manager, at 1582 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699, by telephone at (919) 707-6010 or by email at Comments should be submitted by April 26, 2018.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Tamara Makhlouf via email at or by phone at (919) 707-6072 as early as possible, so that these arrangements can be made.

Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.


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