40-4-4 Lenten Prayer for Social Justice

(40 days at 4:00 pm for 4 minutes)


Rosa Parks


“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right,

for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.”

(Galatians 6:9)


Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities. Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her parents, James and Leona McCauley, separated when Parks was two. Parks’ mother moved the family to Pine Level, Alabama, to live with her parents, Rose and Sylvester Edwards. Both of Parks' grandparents were formerly enslaved people and strong advocates for racial equality; the family lived on the Edwards' farm, where Parks would spend her youth. Rosa Parks was a lifelong, active member of the historic African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first Black denomination founded in America by the former slave Richard Allen. It was her time in the AME church where she learned that faith required action, especially in dealing with injustice. “I learned people should stand up for their rights, just as the Children of Israel stood up to the Pharaoh,” she once commented.


I am bound for the freedom land

I am bound for the freedom land

O who will come and go with me?

I am bound for the freedom land.

On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand,

And cast a wishful eye;

To Canaan’s fair and freedom land,

Where my possessions lie.

(Rosa Parks, Revised Lyrics to the Hymn

“I am Bound for the Promised Land”)

The Wisdoms of Rosa Parks

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”


“Differences of race, nationality or religion should not be used to deny any human being citizenship rights or privileges. Life is to be lived to its fullest so that death is just another chapter. Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”


“At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.”


“I am 83 years old, and I have come to realize that there is always more in life to learn.”

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