Progress, Indeed

Browsing Yahoo News Photos, I came across this booking photograph of Rosa Parks from the archives of the Montgomery County, Alabama Sheriff’s Department. It was taken after she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger.

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Moments later, I came across a series of pictures from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s current diplomatic mission:

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Rice was two years old and lived in Birmingham, just a few miles down the highway from Montgomery County, when the booking photo of Parks was taken. The point is hardly a novel one, but the juxtaposition of the two photos was so striking that I couldn’t resist noting it.

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