Committee will honor Rosa Parks

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 4:47 p.m.

In honor of Black History Month, which begins Friday, the Rosa Parks ‘‘Quiet Courage’’ Committee, along with the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Inc., will honor the late Rosa Parks, known as the "mother of the civil rights movement," on her birthday.

There will be a brief ceremony of prayers, songs and reflections at noon Monday at the King Memorial Gardens in downtown Gainesville. There also will be a wreath-laying event and the lighting of a candle. The public in invited. Parks would have been 95 years old.

Also, Parks will be inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame on March 6.

The hall of fame’s board selected Parks as the lone inductee for this year. Women must be deceased for two years before being considered for induction.

Parks died on Oct. 24, 2005, in Detroit. She was 92.

Before her death, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999.

For more information about the Gainesville event, call the Rev. Milford Lewis Griner, chairman and founder of the Rosa Parks committee, at (352) 665-4066 or (352) 377-5022, or e-mail

The Associated Press also contributed to this report.

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