Rosa Parks

In honor of the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks  in 2013 the U.S. Postal Service released a commemorative stamp with her image.
In honor of the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks in 2013 the U.S. Postal Service released a commemorative stamp with her image.

The refusal of Rosa Parks to sit in the back of a Montgomery, Alabama, bus on December 1, 1955, ignited a movement that ultimately challenged racial segregation and inspired others to similar actions.

The “mother of the civil rights movement” would have been 102 years old on February 4, 2015. In 2013 President Obama proclaimed her birthday as a day of community service and educational programs to honor Rosa Parks’ enduring legacy. “A lifelong champion of civil rights, she continued to give voice to the poor and the marginalized among us until her passing on October 24, 2005,” the president said.

Obama called on Americans to remember that “although the principle of equality has always been self-evident, it has never been self-executing. It has taken acts of courage from generations of fearless and hopeful Americans to make our country more just.”
In celebrating the life of Rosa Parks the Embassy have a limited number of posters to give to UK schools, if you are a teacher in a UK school and would like a poster of Rosa Parks then contact the Information Resource Center at the U.S. Embassy by email: weblond@state.gov