The courageous stance of Rosa Parks benefited not only African Americans, but all minorities and immigrants who sought and continue to seek freedom, justice and equality in America.

In later years, after her arrest in Montgomery, Ala., her efforts to encourage academic excellence among the youths of Detroit and her activism against the immoral system of apartheid in South Africa are testaments to her vision and human spirit.

We can only hope that a spirit of reconciliation and respect for our common humanity can be rekindled. The work of cultivating freedom, justice and equality in the state of Michigan is needed now more than ever before.

Dawud Walid
Executive director
Council on American-Islamic Relations — Michigan
Lathrup Village


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