Our country is the model for every other developing country in the world for achieving justice and equality for its citizens. Our Constitution has lasted longer than any other constitution in modern history.

We cannot take these blessings for granted. We must share these gifts from God. Whether we are thirteen or eighty-three, we must show the world that we are able to correct our mistakes – including homelessness, poor race relations, and violence -- and move forward to a better society. I know that we can. This nation has always overcome the obstacles it has faced.

— Rosa Parks

I have learned that in order to bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try. Each and every one of us can make a difference.

— Rosa Parks


Excerpted from "Under God" by Toby Mac and Michael Tait (with WallBuilders). Copyright © 2004; ISBN 0764200098; Published by Bethany House Publishers.  Used by permission.  Unauthorized duplication prohibited.