Rosa Parks Day
December 1, 2023 commemorates the 68th year since Mrs. Rosa Parks took a courageous stand for all humanity by refusing to give up her seat on the first row of the colored section of a city bus to a white man, during the Jim Crow segregation era in Montgomery, AL on December 1, 1955. This act of defiance was the catalyst to the Montgomery Bus Boycott which lasted almost one year. On November 13, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation was unconstitutional.
While Minnesota legislators work to bring forth legislation to make Rosa Parks a State holiday, we join the great states of California, Michigan, Missouri, Alabama, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Tennessee in honoring THE MOTHER OF CIVIL RIGHTS on this day.
Making Rosa Parks Day A National Holiday
Rosa Parks is known as “The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement” for her courage, determination, strength and love of humanity. She was steadfast in her support for Black Women, evident in the work as an NAACP investigator, who fought 10-years to hold the 6 white men accountable for the rape of Mrs. Recy Taylor, which took place on September 3, 1944. Her life was dedicated to fighting for the human and civil rights of oppressed Black people in the South.
Women were often overlooked as leaders and though they contributed greatly to the civil rights struggle, they were forced to act behind the scenes. In the film, The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks, Mrs. Parks describes the many ways in which Black Women worked together to power the Civil Rights movement.
Making Rosa Parks Day A National Holiday (learn more)
Rosa Parks Library of Congress Collection
About Rosa Parks Day
“Each Person Must Live Their Life As A Model To Others” — Rosa Parks
- Host Register To Vote Events
- Host BeLoved Community Discussions
- Host youth-led / focused Town Hall style meetings and rallies
- Host nonviolence training
- Host Empowering Elders events
- Host “The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks” screenings / discussions following
- Host “It Starts With Me” events in schools and libraries throughout the state