Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

I am Rosa Parks

I am brave and caring
I wonder if in the future black and white people can get along

I hear people fighting about racism
I see that people are scared
I want to stand up for white and black people
I am brave and caring

 

I pretend that the world is a happy place
I feel frustrated that the world is still angry
I touch my seat on the bus and hold my purse

I worry that the world will never stop fighting

I cry about people in rage
I am brave and caring

 

I understand that people are angry
I say, “We should stop fighting.”
I dream that the world is a happy place
I try to convince people to stop fighting
I hope that when I die somebody will stop this

I am brave and caring