It’s the 100th birthday of Civil Rights icon, Rosa Parks so I thought this post would be fitting for the day. My friends over at The Henry Ford, my former employer, are celebrating the day with a National Day of Courage.
The other day, my daughter expressed dissatisfaction of having assigned seats on the school bus. I told her that complaining to me isn’t going to help. She should lodge a complaint to the bus driver and see what he says. Days later, she told her dad and I that she is going to boycott the bus because of the assigned seat issue.
I think they have assigned seats because the kids keep getting up and/or there is a kid who often bothers the kids on the bus. Either way, I’m okay with assigned seats as long as the kids are happy. But she’s not. She wants to sit near her friends who aren’t in her class. I get that. The bus is supposed to be a place where kids can socialize. She’s not happy.
But wait, that means that I would have to take her to school each day. I won’t be happy.
I’m not sure how this is going to play out, if at all, but I plan to support her and encourage her to stand up for her beliefs.
How To Stand Up for Your Bus Rights
1. Complain to the bus driver.
2. Complain to the transportation department.
Do not bother the teacher or school principal with this for now, unless you are still unhappy with the outcome.
Of course, this isn’t how Rosa Parks did it. She did it on a bigger scale sparking the Civil Rights Movement.
Prior to moving from Dearborn, MI to Brooklyn, NY in 2003 I was fortunate enough to work on the unveiling of the Rosa Parks Bus Exhibit at The Henry Ford where I worked as a Publicist. I also met her. Sort of. Her handlers did not allow her to speak to the press, but I can say that I was in her presence as a I walked alongside members of the press as we was wheeled from her staging area to the Rosa Parks bus. That is enough for me. Civil Rights Movement that started out to only be days long and ended up being 381 days long.
Here is one of many significant celebrations happening to celebrate her birthday.
The Henry Ford
Stamp Dedication Ceremony – 10:40 a.m.
The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a Rosa Parks’ Forever Stamp in recognition of her extraordinary life as an American activist and iconic figure in the Civil Rights Movement. During a special First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony at The Henry Ford guests can become one of the first to purchase the stamp throughout the day inside the museum.
Sit Inside the Rosa Parks Bus
Henry Ford Museum
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African-American woman who worked as a seamstress, boarded this Montgomery, Alabama, city bus to go home from work. On this bus on that day, by refusing to give up her seat so a white man could sit down, Rosa Parks initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality. Sit on the actual bus where this historic event happened. Hear her story. Gain perspective. Get inspired and decide what you have the courage to do.
Special photo opportunity on February 4, 2013.
Day of Courage Live Stream
Henry Ford Museum Day of Courage speakers and key events will be streamed live worldwide on February 4, 2013. This includes a one-hour classroom program. More details will be provided closer to the event, including a schedule of coverage.
Get Social With a Badge of Courage
What do you have the courage to do? Print it on a Badge of Courage available for download on The Henry Ford’s Facebook page. Wear it to school or work. Post it on your favorite social site or photo stream. Share with friends and family. It’s easy to be a part of the movement.