Rosa Parks: First Lady of Civil Rights
Date(s) - 02/17/2017
Salem Community College
Rosa Parks said: “I’d see the bus pass by me every day…but to me, that was a way of life; we had no choice but to accept what was the custom. The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white one.” On a December day in 1955, this tired seamstress and NAACP secretary refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery Alabama Bus. The ensuing Bus Boycott would last over 1 year, and galvanize the Nation into the modern fight for Civil Rights for all Citizens. Rosa Parks’ story will serve to remind all who hear it that we cannot always stand by and observe the status quo. Sometimes, we have to take a seat to be heard and knowingly place our personal comfort aside in order to bring about the changes that will help “We the People…” form that “…more Perfect Union” that is our Nation’s promise.
Alex Ford, American Historical Theatre