I was absolutely stunned when I woke up this morning to find out that Rosa Parks, civil rights leader and icon, has died at 92. 

The life of Rosa Parks cannot be summed up in one statement. Her contributions in the fight for equality for Blacks paved the way for millions of Blacks in America and abroad.  Parks’ legacy should be a reminder to us all that it is our responsibility and right to fight injustice and inequality with every breath and step that we take in hopes of making this world a better place.  Today is a sad day for Black America, America and the world.

Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, died Monday evening. She was 92. Mrs. Parks died at her home during the evening of natural causes, with close friends by her side, said Gregory Reed, an attorney who represented her for the past 15 years. Mrs. Parks was 42 when she committed an act of defiance in 1955 that was to change the course of American history and earn her the title "mother of the civil rights movement." At that time, Jim Crow laws in place since the post-Civil War Reconstruction required separation of the races in buses, restaurants and public accommodations throughout the South, while legally sanctioned racial discrimination kept blacks out of many jobs and neighborhoods in the North.