Thursday, February 28, 2013
U.S. Rep. John Dingell, whose district includes Wyandotte, called the monument a reminder "of both the progress made, and the work still left to be done."
Michigan legislators were among members of Congress and President Barack Obama on Wednesday to witness the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol. The monument to the civil rights pioneer sits in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Congressman John Dingell, who serves as Wyandotte's U.S. representative, commented that the statue "honors an American hero that sat defiantly in the face of injustice." "While the bravery and strength of Ms. Rosa Parks has lived on in the fight for equality since that December day in 1955," he said in a statement, "I believe that this statue will serve as a reminder for all who visit our nation’s capital of both the progress made, and the work still left to be done." Parks is known as an activist…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
During Black History Month, we are reminded of how one person can, through character and conviction and strength, change the world.
On Feb. 4, I was honored to attend a pair of events celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks with the issue of a U.S. postage stamp on the 100th anniversary of her birth. It was especially appropriate that these events came at the beginning of Black History Month, and that one event was held at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, where visitors today can sit in the bus seat that Rosa Parks refused to give up, and in doing so, changed the world. I’m sure you know the story: On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., after a long day’s work, and took a seat. When all the seats filled up, the bus driver, following the city’s segregationist practice, demanded that Mrs. Parks give up her seat to…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Local officials gathered Monday as part of a celebration of Rosa Parks' 100th birthday at the Dearborn historical attraction.
It was a momentous birthday celebration for Rosa Parks at Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum Monday, when local officials joined with the museum to unveil the Rosa Parks forever stamp. Monday, Feb. 4, would have been Parks' 100th birthday. The civil rights pioneer passed away on Oct. 24, 2005. The Henry Ford marked the occasion by launching the Day of Courage—a free, public event encouraging discussion about civil rights in America. The day included prominent speakers, performances, and a chance for attendees to take a seat on the bus where Parks made history on Dec. 1, 1955. The stamp unveiling, according to U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, was just one more tribute to her memory. "The beauty of honoring Rosa Parks in this latest way—the beauty of …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
The National Day of Courage will include speakers, live music and presentations.
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Sunday, February 3
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks—a 42-year-old African American woman who worked as a seamstress—inspired a social movement when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, AL, city bus. That singular act of courage helped spark the Civil Rights Movement and a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality. On Feb. 4, 2013, The Henry Ford will acknowledge Rosa Park’s 100th birthday and her inspiring life through a National Day of Courage, encouraging every American to take a stand and commit themselves to do something courageous just as Parks did back on that day in 1955. The day-long celebration taking place inside of the Henry Ford Museum will feature nationally-recognized speakers, live music, and dramatic …