This Monday, February 4th, marks what would have been Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday. In 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man, sparking a 381 day city bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. This simple and courageous action also inspired numerous other non-violent protests in cities around the United States.
The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Ms. Parks with the unveiling of the Rosa Parks Forever stamp on Monday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. The Henry Ford Museum is hosting several events on Monday to celebrate the National Day of Courage in honor of Parks’ birthday. In addition to the stamp dedication ceremony there will also be other events including the following special guest speakers:
- American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement Julian Bond
- Contributing Newsweek editor Eleanor Clift
- Rosa Parks biographers Jeanne Theoharis and Douglas Brinkley
- Wayne State University Assistant Professor Danielle McGuire
Not in Michigan to take part? No problem!
- Learn more about Rosa Parks and her contributions to the civil rights movement.
- Watch the National Day of Courage events through the live stream.
- Download and create your own Courage Badge and post it on your Facebook page and/or print it out to where to school or work. Don’t forget to share your badge with The Henry Ford Facebook page as well!
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