By Fr Martin Sirju
Fr Jack Conley, an American Passionist priest, tells the story of a young graduate student going to visit Rosa Parks. Parks was the forty-two-year old African American seamstress who, on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, sat down on one of the seats in a crowded public bus when racial laws disallowed her from doing so.
The irate bus driver called the police. They came, arrested her, handcuffed her, and fingerprinted her. This doctoral student, many years later, would ask Parks in an interview, why she sat down that day in Montgomery. She said: “I sat down because I was tired. But it wasn’t my feet; my soul was tired.”