Sixty years ago today, Rosa Parks was arrested for the first (but not last) time.
We often tell the story of her famous arrest with so much of the story carved away that it almost ceases to be a true accounting, and sometimes we include a few outright falsehoods. Mrs. Parks was unquestionably a hero, but for better reasons than the ones we usually ascribe to her.
I thought about writing an article in honor of this anniversary. I already wrote about it, though, in a book I published last year, Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness. So instead I’m sharing the three chapters of that book that deal most with Rosa Parks, her life and work, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and some lessons we could take away from her inspiring example — arguably, the opposite lessons than the ones we usually glean.