Black History Month begins on February 1, 2013 and ends on February 28, 2013. What better way to begin the celebration of a people that had to stand in the back than with one who sat down in the front.
Rose Parks had worked at a Montgomery Fair Department store and was on her way home. She was bone tired. She got on the Cleveland Avenue bus around 6 o’clock and sat in the seats that black people were allowed to sit in behind the white seats. The only caveat to sitting was that if a white person got on the bus and they wanted to sit down, the driver often asked the black person to get up and move to the back of the bus. This way the white man could sit.
Rosa was tired today and she sat. When the bus driver asked her to move, she sat and when he asked her to move again, she sat. Quietly Looking out the window – she was tired. Parks was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and charged $10 plus the $4 court cost.
This one civil disobedience launched the beginning of the movement that was the Montgomery Boycott. Organized by many; notably Martin Luther King, Jar, a pastor at a Baptist Church. This boycott lasted 382 days and was detrimental to the Montgomery Bus system. The segregation law was eventually repealed.
Come out to Aspire Rosa Parks Academy on Feb. 1 and celebrate this Centennial Birthday celebration for our beloved Rosa Parks; a quiet woman who only wanted to sit down. The Academy is located at 1930 South D Street in Stockton.
The honorable Congressman Jerry McNerney is the speaker. Let’s come together and celebrate Mrs. Rosa Parks at 7:30 a.m. for a breakfast reception.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks Centennial Celebration honors her living legacy. This celebration honors her journey from a small town girl to a civil rights icon.