The Truth about Rosa Parks and Why it Matters to Your Diversity Initiative
By Dolly Chugh
Is it possible that person who will not let it go may be more like Parks than the mythical “Rosa Parks” herself? By rolling our eyes or tuning out, might we be passing up the opportunity to support the kind of work that Parks exemplified?
Everyone knows the story. Rosa Parks was an elderly black seamstress on her way home from work in 1955, who declined to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama because her feet were tired. This spontaneous action sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the civil rights movement, giving this usually docile woman an accidental place in history.
But that is not what happened. (To begin with, as someone north of 50, I take issue with 42-year-old Parks being described as elderly. Not the point, but just saying.) The truth about Parks is both heart-breaking and heartwarming. The truth about Parks has made me think differently about a number of people around me. With its OMG revelations on almost every page, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks has led me to think about the diversity champions and inclusion initiatives in organizations differently. Here are three of many examples:
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Dolly Chugh is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations.