Can one person make a difference? Rosa Parks proved the answer is ‘yes.'
Parks died Oct. 24 at the age of 92 in Detroit, Mich.
At 42, she opened the eyes of the country to the ugliness of segregation in the South. She refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. With that act of defiance, she put the civil rights movement into the U.S. conscience.
One person can make a difference. We have seen it happen in our own community.
The late Melvin Campbell helped the Tonto Apache Tribe gain federal recognition and obtain the land for its reservation. He did not accomplish this alone, but he is the one who led the way.
One person, Dick Wolfe, believed in the vision of a Zane Grey Cabin in Green Valley Park and worked diligently to make it a reality. He drew support from wherever he could find it.
Parks drew support from her fellow Blacks, the ministers of Black congregations, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy and others.
Granted, getting the Zane Grey Cabin built and tribal recognition are a world apart in importance. But both illustrate the point: if you believe in the value of something -- be it federal recognition of your community or the construction of a landmark -- if you put aside doubts and fears, and fuel your efforts with passion, you can make a difference.
There may be setbacks and failures along the way, but with perseverance, prayer and a steadfast belief in what you are doing, those can be overcome, and victory achieved.
Where do you want to make a difference? You have the power within you and around you to create change. Let prayer, passion and perseverance guide you.