Washington, D.C. – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) joins the nation in remembering and honoring a great American, Rosa Parks. Mrs. Parks' act of defiance by refusing to give up her seat in 1955 set in motion a chain of events that changed the course of American history and reverberated through the world. All Americans are deeply indebted to the struggles and sacrifices of Mrs. Parks and so many others who joined her in challenging the nation to live up to its ideals. Today, the United States is a greater nation because of the courage and determination of people like Rosa Parks. NAPABA reaffirms the commitment to work with others to fulfill the dream and aspirations of Mrs. Parks and the Civil Rights Movement.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rosa Parks, a woman who, without intending to, inspired generations of all people of color to stand up for our rights," said Amy Lin Meyerson, NAPABA President. "Earlier this year on March 30, the Asian Pacific American community lost 'our Rosa Parks' with the passing of Fred Korematsu, a U.S. citizen who resisted the interment of Japanese-Americans during WWII only to be convicted at a trial that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1944. His conviction was ultimately reversed in 1983 and Congress subsequently authorized restitution to Japanese-Americans for the injustices of the internment camps. We mourn the loss of these two great Americans and remember their legacies that continue to inspire and encourage us to attain justice, equality, and opportunity for everyone."
Mrs. Parks' contributions to American history remind us that the courage of an individual willing to take a stand can result in the most fundamental changes in society and history. We are also reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words, "The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice." The actions and resolve of Mrs. Parks and others in the Civil Rights Movement helped ensure that bend toward justice. Today, NAPABA stands with others to also ensure justice and equality for all.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents over 40,000 attorneys and 47 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting APA communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.