The Long Walk Home is a movie about when Rosa Parks and the black people boycotted the buses in Alabama in the middle 1950’s. Erika Alexander, who played Pam in the Cosby show, and Whoopi Goldberg, starr in this movie.
In the movie, Whoopi Goldberg goes by the name of Odessa. Erika Alexander is her daughter. Odessa has worked as a maid for a white, rich family for quite some time. The town read about Rosa Parks getting arrested on the bus because she refused to give her seat to a white person. Black people were allowed to sit in the bus if it was not full. Once the bus got full, they had to get up and let a white person sit. When the black people in the town heard about Rosa Parks getting arrested, they decided to boycott the buses for a while. This meant that they had long walks to work, church and wherever else they had to go.
The white family, who hired Odessa as the maid, consisted of a husband, wife and daughter who was about six years old. When the boycott started, Odessa was late many times to work because she had to walk. The wife actually picked her up and drove her home a few times until her husband, Norman, found out. He was very upset with his wife. He was concerned for her safety. If a white person was caught giving a ride to a black person during the boycott, they could be beaten or killed.
Since Norman did not want his wife picking up Odessa, Odessa got tired of walking each day and wanted to quit and find another job. It was a very long walk for her. Norman’s wife decided to go against his wishes and actually became a part of a car pool where she picked up some black ladies and drove them to work. Norman’s wife grew up with a black lady who was a maid in her home and she realized how the blacks have been mistreated over the years. She started to stand with them to fight segregation. At this point, Norman is just furious with his wife.
Finally, at the end, the black people won the boycott and after the fight, they did not have to give up their seats on the bus anymore. The bus companies just could not survive anymore. They all stood together and taught everyone a good lesson that no one will ever forget. Good for them and Rosa Parks for standing up for their rights.
God never meant for there to be discrimination in this world. He created everyone to be equal. Segregation is totally against His will and plan. I know that there are many people that give credit to God for helping them win this long battle.