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24th Annual Rosa Parks Day Celebration - Island Empire - San Bernardino, California

Date:
Sunday, February 04, 2024
Time:
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Event Type:
Class/Workshop
Organizer/Author:
Khubaka, Michael Harris
Location Details:
Rosa Parks Memorial Building - Courtyard
San Bernardino, California

Celebrating the 24th Anniversary of the oldest known official Rosa Parks Day in America.

Together, we honor Auntie Rosie, Patron Saint of the Women's Political Council of Montgomery, Alabama and discover the "hidden figures" lifting as we climb. Holding her high, the Mother of the US Civil Rights Movement, paid the price and today we begin honoring the team.

On February 4, 1913, Rosa Louise McCauley was born in Tuskegee, Alabama to parents James McCauley and Leona Edwards. Her father was employed as a carpenter and her mother as a teacher. In her younger years she was sick much of the time, and as a result, was a small child. Her parents eventually separated and her mother took her and her brother and moved to Pine Level, a town adjacent to Montgomery, Alabama. There Rosa spent the rest of her childhood on her grandparents’ farm.

Her childhood in Montgomery helped her to develop strong roots in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Rosa did not attend a public school until the age of eleven. Before that, she was home schooled by her mother. At age eleven she attended the Industrial School for Girls in Montgomery, where she took various vocational and academic courses. She began laboratory school for her secondary education, but never completed it because she was forced to drop out to care for her ailing grandmother.

Rosa’s childhood was greatly influenced by the Jim Crow laws of the South, which segregated white people from black people in almost every part of their daily lives. This included public restrooms, drinking fountains, education and transportation. For the children attending school, there was busing for the white children to their school, but the black children were required to walk to another school.

Public transportation followed this line of segregation except that blacks were allowed on the bus as long as they sat in the back, apart from the whites.

Today, we celebrate Transit Equity and remember the Women's Political Council of Montgomery, Alabama that made it so...
Added to the calendar on Wed, Jan 3, 2024 7:54PM
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