Remembering Rosa Parks on her 100th Birthday

Obama aboard the Rosa Parks bus in Dearborns Henry Ford Museum, April 18, 2012.

Obama aboard the Rosa Parks bus in Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum, April 18, 2012.

She was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender he seat to a white passenger on a bus in Alabama on December 1st, 1955. That same day, Rosa Parks was arrested for civil disobedience.  Her actions fueled a city wide boycott of public transportation throughout the city of Montgomery, Alabama. The boycott lasted over a year, and a federal ruling on December 20th, 1956 left the city with no other choice than to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses. It was a monumental day in history.  However victory came with a price. Rosa and her husband Raymond were forced to move from Montgomery in 1957 when they were unable to find work. They worked odd jobs in both Virginia and Michigan until Rosa was hired as a hired her as a receptionist for John Conyers, an African American U.S. Representative at his congressional office in Detroit. She remained there until her retirement in 1988.

Today, Rosa Parks would have celebrated her 100th birthday. To honor her, The U.S. Postal Service has issued a special Rosa Parks stamp today. The Rosa Parks Forever Stamp went on sale today and its issue is one of several events scheduled throughout the day to honor Parks.

“At the time I was arrested, I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.” – Rosa Parks

As we all know, February marks the recognition and celebration of Black History month. Check your local listings to see what events are taking place in your city so you can attend and participate if possible. If you’re a TV junkie, you’ll be happy to know PBS has put together the Black Culture Connection and will be airing various shows and movies during this month’s programming.

At BookRix, we all really enjoyed this short story The Journey by C.J. Wells. It’s a first hand account of Sergeant Andrew Ananders, a KIA Army soldier serving in Iraq. Take the journey with him from the moment the insurgent’s bullet pierces his chest to his release from the bonds that held him earthbound.

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