Civil rights leaders inspired the writer

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 1, 2007

To the Editor:

On Oct. 24,

I attended a ceremony at New Beginnings Christian Center in Montgomery. The celebration was the life and death of Rosa L. Parks.

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Mrs. Parks, a prime mover, changed the course of American history. In 1955 she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus.

The host for this great ceremony was pastor Joe Rembert of New Beginnings and speaker Rose Sanders.

Rose talked about life and love for everybody. I was very overwhelmed to see Rose Sanders on this day.

I met Rose at the age of 9 years. Mrs. Sanders would teach in my neighborhood and all the kids would gather at the Black Belt Arts and Culture Center, and to this day I’m still learning from this great lady.

It’s time that the torch be passed on , and I declare as a citizen of the United States and veteran of the U.s. Army that Rose Sanders be named the New Mother of the Civil Rights. I challenge the city of Selma to recognize Mrs. Sanders of this title and lead this year’s Christmas parade.

Also on the agenda was state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, who is serving her third term. Sen. Figures spoke a very powerful message on education, equality and devotion.

Sen. Figures is a lady on a mission. She was born in Mobile and attended Mobile County Public Schools. I’ve listened to some powerful speakers in my time &045; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Joe Coleman Jr., Maya Angelou, just to name a few.

Sen. Figures is definitely in this class.

Bruce L. Holmes Sr.