• The Rosa Parks Bus at the Henry Ford

By Judith Stanford Miller, M.Ed., M.A (This article was first published on Student News Net: Montgomery City Bus 2857 – The Rosa Parks Bus , Jan. 23, 2018, ID #9079) Jan. 23, 2018 – It’s the most significant artifact of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Christian Overland, executive vice president and chief historian at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., said to Student News Net last Friday as he stood beside the 1950s era olive green and yellow Montgomery, Alabama city bus 2857 – the Rosa Parks Bus. Dec. 1, 1955 Visitors to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation can board the bus and sit in the exact seat occupied by Rosa Parks on Dec. 1, 1955 when James Blake, the bus driver, ordered her to relinquish her seat to a white passenger. She peacefully and politely refused. As a result, Rosa was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of violating the city’s segregation ordinance, taken to jail, and then released quickly when a friend posted the $100 bail. Montgomery’s African American community harnessed their collective economic power to protest Rosa’s arrest through a peaceful boycott of the Montgomery city bus system. The boycott lasted 381 days. In 1956, the U.S. […]

• Rosa Parks Centennial

Rosa Parks: an American hero By Judith Stanford Miller, SNN editor (This article was first published on Student News Net, Feb. 5, 2013, ID #6907) Feb. 5, 2013 – The next time you are having a bad day, think of the life of Rosa Parks. Then summon the courage to go on; stand tall for your convictions; and most important, act on your convictions with that courage to make the world a better place for everyone. That was the message at yesterday’s Rosa Parks National Day of Courage at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. AND there is one more thing you can do – purchase the new Rosa Parks Forever stamp, unveiled yesterday morning as part of the Rosa Parks National Day of Courage celebration, held on the centennial of the birth of Rosa Parks (1913-2005). Rosa Parks (1913 -2005) Born in Tuskegee, Alabama on Feb. 4, 1913, Rosa Parks left an indelible mark on American history as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus after being directed to do so by the bus driver. Rosa was abiding […]