Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist and if she was still alive, today would mark her 100th birthday! On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Although, Rosa Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation, her act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols for the Civil Rights Movement.
In an excerpt from an interview with Lynn Neary, at National Public Radio, in 1992, she said, “I did not want to be mistreated, I did not want to be deprived of a seat that I had paid for. It was just time... there was opportunity for me to take a stand to express the way I felt about being treated in that manner. I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn't hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became.”
After she died in 2005, Guernsey’s Auction House took inventory of Rosa Parks’ Detroit homes and found a recipe for “Featherlite Pancakes.” Peanut butter acts as one of the wet ingredients and even though it’s not specified whether it’s chunky or creamy, I’m betting it’s creamy, since it’s not called “Crunchy Pancakes.”
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup peanut butter melted
1 tablespoon shortening or oil
Combine with dry ingredients
Cook at 275 degrees on griddle
In honor of Rosa Parks birthday, feel free to make this recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner. May her past deeds keep encouragement in your hearts and reminds us that, though it all, we…meaning regardless of race, sexuality, or gender, as people are resilient.
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Clarice Williams was born and raised in Chicago, IL, but now resides in New Jersey as an Air Force spouse, with a blended family of six. A freelance writer as seen in Military Spouse Magazine, with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, she tries to find cost effective family friendly ways to entertain her loved ones. Her self-published works include children's book that are available on Amazon under the pen name, C. JoVan Williams.
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