While her role in the pursuit to end segregation may not be widely recognized, her former attorney, Fred Gray, told Newsweek, "Claudette gave all of us moral courage. If she had not done what she did, I am not sure that we would have been able to mount the support for Mrs. Parks." These are powerful words! They made me think about the role of trail blazers! No, not the one whose names we all know, but the one who went just before them to prepare the ground for the work to be done! They mostly go unnoticed. They rarely make national news. But they are the ones who got the ball rolling and people thinking. This does not mean that the work of the ones after them, Rosa Parks in this case, is not as authentic. It truly is! But, the work of Claudette Colvin was equally important.
Beloved, we may find ourselves in the role of Rosa Parks many a times in our life-time, but every once in a while, we may be called to be Claudette’s in this world! We may find ourselves in a position where we will barely get to scratch the surface in revealing an injustice, but in that role we may be preparing many to have the courage to stand up against that injustice at the next opportunity.
May we always be prepared to do what is right -- whether we are called to be a Rosa Park, a Claudette Colvin or remain unnamed. May we remember that we do the right thing -- for the right reason.