This year, Rosa Parks, will become the first person commissioned by Congress for a full-size statue since the 1870’s, whose likeness was authorized by a special act of Congress. Her life of pride, dignity and courage will forever permeate the Institute she founded and the world.
Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute of Self Development (www.rosaparks.org) founded by Rosa Parks and Elaine Eason Steele will celebrate the centennial anniversary of RosaParks birth, February 4, 2013 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of the African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit, MI 48201 by unveiling the Rosa Parks U.S. Postage Stamp. Postal officials will be present to sell the historical stamp immediately following the brief 7:30am program. Ms. Mildred Gaddis, Radio One Talk Show Personality, 1200 AM and 99.9 FM WCHB will Guest Host the program with her live broadcast from 6-10am. Mr. Chuck Stokes, Editorial Director of WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 since 1987, an ABC affiliate and moderator and producer of Spotlight on the News is the Master of Ceremonies.
The celebration is FREE and open to the public.
Rosa Parks’ refusal to give her seat to a white male passenger December 1, 1955 and her subsequent arrest was the catalyst that began the 381 day boycott, December 5, 1955 which changed the course of history in the United States. Distinguished as the “mother of the modern civil rights movement,” she has been recognized with many awards including
Honorary Doctorate Degrees, the NAACP Spingarn Award, the President’s Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor to name a few. She was the first woman and the second African American to lie in honor in the United States Capitol Rotunda where thousands paid tribute.