We’re All Connected

Lena S., Contribtor

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Believe it or not, Rosa Parks and I are connected (On a spiritual level). We definitely have our differences. As a matter of fact, by looking at us you would think we had nothing in common. Rosa Parks was 5’3” and African American. I am 5’5” and Caucasian. We may not have much in common with our appearances, but looks aren’t everything.

If you look at our personalities, we are more alike. We are both brave and will stand up for what we believe in. However, Rosa is very strong. I on the other hand, can be very emotional at times. Our unique personalities are what help us accomplish our goals.

In her lifetime, Mrs. Parks was focused on accomplishing a major goal. It was to end segregation. She always stood her ground and kept fighting for freedom. Thanks to the hard work and determination from her and others, we do not have segregation today. I have not had any incredible accomplishments in my life. At my age you can’t really change the world like Rosa did. Part of me is thankful I don’t have to focus on changing the world, because I would rather do what interests me.

There are a variety of things I am interested in. I love playing basketball, hanging out with my friends, and listening to music. I have sympathy for Rosa Parks. She lived in such a serious time and didn’t always have the ability to do what she wanted. Rosa was born on 2-4-1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She lived majority of her life in Alabama and Michigan. I was born in Chesapeake, Virginia. After I was born I moved many times. As of right now, I have lived in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. I moved a few times in the same state.

Rosa Parks and I both have brothers. However, she had one and I have two. Her brother, Sylvester McCauley, was two years younger than her. My brother, Victor, is three years younger than me. My other brother, Caine, is six years younger than me. Rosa parks is positively influenced by her parents, grandparents, and all former slaves. I do not have anyone who influences me.

Mrs. Parks faced many challenges in life, but through it all, she was strong. I hope that if I ever have to handle a tough situation, I will have the strength and courage that she had. Although we are different in some ways, I am proud to say I have a few things in common with Rosa Parks.

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We’re All Connected