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I live vicariously through myself.
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February 4, 1913: Rosa Parks Is Born
Civil rights icon Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her 1955 refusal to move from a bus seat reserved for whites triggered a national campaign to end segregation. She became an important symbol of the Civil Rights Movement and is known as ‘the first lady of civil rights.’
Explore Rosa Parks’ life and legacy with PBS Black Culture Connection. 
Photo: Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (National Archives)Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (National Archives)

pbsthisdayinhistory:

February 4, 1913: Rosa Parks Is Born

Civil rights icon Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her 1955 refusal to move from a bus seat reserved for whites triggered a national campaign to end segregation. She became an important symbol of the Civil Rights Movement and is known as ‘the first lady of civil rights.’

Explore Rosa Parks’ life and legacy with PBS Black Culture Connection.

Photo: Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (National Archives)Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (National Archives)

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When my daughter started high school, I hoped students would plan their own events and that the dynamic that makes public school democratic — a place to confront the humanity of others — would prevail. Then I received an email outlining fees for girls who made cheerleading: $2,250. My daughter made the squad. So did her friend, whose mother requested a payment plan. No dice, said the organizers. Use a credit card. A payment plan would delay the order: multiple top-of-the-line uniforms per girl. I paid up, my emotions as divided as the student body. I felt happy for my daughter, yet guilty, complicit, thinking of girls who can’t afford to succeed.

A childless friend said to me: “You need to give that committee an earful.” Yet my daughter asked me not to object, not this time. She had worked hard to make cheerleading.

The problem is bigger than that. It’s an inescapable fact that extracurricular activities, which increase student investment in school, are planned by parents who have ample time and money, who sometimes lack insight into the lives of students whose parents don’t. I tried to advocate for these students. My empathy is tangible. Where exactly do you live again? a volunteer asked when I said pizza, not sushi.

I felt the condescension behind the question. I smiled while clenching my teeth — overruled, because parents who would agree with me can’t leave work.

—elite parents and volunteering, via NYT

My mom, Queen Introvert of Go Away, I’m Reading Mountain, gets up at 5:00 am in order to have 2 hours to herself every day. This has continued even into retirement, as she has been married to my dad, The Mayor of Chattytown, since 1967.

REASONABLE TROUT
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REASONABLE TROUT

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His physical form actually works to his advantage. Philip is not particularly any one way, which means he can be anybody at all. One of the most important keys to acting is curiosity. I am curious to the point of being nosy, and I think Philip is the same. What that means is you want to devour lives. You’re eager to put on their shoes and wear their clothes and have them become a part of you. All people contain mystery, and when you act, you want to plumb that mystery until everything is known to you.

Meryl Streep speaking about the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2008 after they starred together in Doubt.

What a loss. Philip Seymour Hoffman 1967-2014

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