7. Abraham Lincoln/Rosa Parks: Moral Courage

  1. Al Gini1 and
  2. Ronald M. Green2

Published Online: 25 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118551653.ch7

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

How to Cite

Gini, A. and Green, R. M. (2013) Abraham Lincoln/Rosa Parks: Moral Courage, in 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118551653.ch7

Author Information

  1. 1

    Loyola University Chicago, USA

  2. 2

    Dartmouth College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2013

Book Series:

  1. Foundations of Business Ethics

Book Series Editors:

  1. W. Michael Hoffman and
  2. Robert E. Frederick

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470672303

Online ISBN: 9781118551653



  • Abraham Lincoln;
  • Civil Rights Movement;
  • leadership;
  • moral courage;
  • physical courage;
  • Rosa Parks;
  • sin of slavery


The concept of courage is usually associated with physical acts of derring-do that involve danger, risk, and behavior. Abraham Lincoln and Rosa Parks, two people who lived decades apart and who stood on opposite sides of America's racial divide, nevertheless both exemplify courage, and remain classic examples of physical and moral courage. Just as Abraham Lincoln deserves to be remembered for preserving the Union and for helping to eradicate the “sin of slavery,” so too Rosa Parks deserves to be remembered as the “mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” Each of these individuals had different talents and temperaments and they faced different kinds of challenges, in different circumstances, and in different times. To be real, they require an act of moral courage: to endure risk for the sake of principle.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

civil rights; leadership