• 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 […]

Core Content

In this section, Student News Net will post, on an ongoing basis, supporting content to include lesson plans, lesson ideas, photos, video, and Student News Net primary source articles, photos, and video. The three main content areas are: 1) Rosa Parks and Edna Griffin, 2) African American Rosie the Riveters, and 3) Katherine Johnson and female African American mathematicians, called human computers, as featured in the book and movie, Hidden Figures. For questions, email Judy, Student News Net editor, at jmiller@studentnewsnet.com. Timeline and Study Guides Timeline (1850 –1965) Study Guide Student News Net Articles Rosa Parks Bus at the Henry Ford Rosa Parks Centennial Edna Griffin Katherine Johnson “Rosie’s” Please Note: All content in this section can be downloaded only for educational use and cannot be used for any commercial purpose.


Douglas Brinkley, Ph.D. Dr. Douglas Brinkley will be our Keynote speaker.* He is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He earned his B.A. in History at The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. at Georgetown University. Considered America’s foremost U.S. Presidential historian his bestselling books in this genre include The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, The Reagan Diaries and Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him “America’s new past master.” His book, Cronkite (2012) won the Ann M. Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism and was a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year. His 2007 book, The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, the Mississippi Gulf Coast won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is a member of the Society of American Historians and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a featured speaker at the 2013 Day of Courage: A National Movement honoring the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks, held at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. He wrote an authorized biography on Rosa Parks called Rosa Parks: A Life. He […]

About the Symposium

The Student Symposium will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. It will also be streamed live on this website. Student News Net proudly announces its first annual Student Symposium. Dr. Douglas Brinkley is tentatively scheduled to be our Keynote Speaker. The Symposium’s topic is: Actions and Accomplishments of African American Women of the 1940s and 1950s. Its goal is to bring high school students together to research and share knowledge about the actions and accomplishments of African American women in the 1940s and 1950s. The Student Symposium will be streamed live and have an online presence. All high schools are invited to participate. Dr. Douglas Brinkley, award winning author and historian, will deliver the Keynote Address discussing his book, Rosa Parks: A Life (2000). Students will read Dr. Brinkley’s book before the April Symposium. Students and teachers are invited to submit presentations about the book and related topics including research on Edna Griffin, often called the Rosa Parks of Iowa; African American Rosie the Riveters during WWII; and NASA’s African American women mathematicians, known as […]