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Monday, October 31, 2005

Rosa Parks--RIP
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I know that this space is usually reserved for the discussion and debate of things digital, or at least matters somehow remotely connected to things digital. But once and a while there necessarily are exceptions to the usual fare--like when the Blue Devils take the floor during the Big Dance.

Today is one of those exceptions. For me, it would be incongruous to hang my hat each day at an organization with both "progress" and "freedom" in its name without pausing to acknowledge the enormous contribution to American society of Rosa Parks to both. Sure, sooner or later, someone else would have refused to give up his or her seat on the bus--and perhaps some person or persons unknown to history did so before Ms. Parks.

But she did it at a time and place that demanded much courage and conviction. By engaging in an act of civil disobedience, Rosa Parks accelerated progress and secured freedom--and showed how individuals of conscience can make a difference. May she rest in peace.

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