Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Dearborn Rep. John Dingell 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 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. Dearborn Congressman John Dingell 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 who helped lead the civil rights movement…
Friday, February 22, 2013
Dearborn Congressman John Dingell spoke with students about the legacy of Rosa Parks, whose statue will be unveiled in Washington this month.
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Friday, February 22
Dearborn congressman John Dingell joined local Dearborn students and residents at the Henry Ford Museum on Wednesday to discuss the importance of the civil rights movement in recognition of Black History Month. Dingell addressed those gathered at the Museum from in front of the Rosa Parks Bus, where he discussed his record on civil rights, the life and legacy of Parks, and his role as the only current member of Congress to have supported the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964, and 1965. “Folks like Rosa Parks led the charge on the streets and in our schools and communities to stand up to the hate and bigotry that once said we are not equal,” said Dingell. “She put her life and liberty on the line to prove something that we must all now know …
Tuesday, February 19, 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
The state House released a resolution recognizing Parks' 100th birthday.
Black History Month is celebrated in the U.S. throughout the month of February. Established as Black History Week by American historian Carter G. Woodson, the first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for the celebration to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and editor Frederick Douglass. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents declare February National African-American History Month. This year marks an especially significant Black History Month, as Feb. 4 is also the celebration of the 100th birthday of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. More: Photos, video show unveiling…
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 …