Remembering Rosa Parks’ birthday


Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.

The Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee, along with members of the community, will gather to remember the civil rights icon on what would have been her 100th birthday.

A celebration has been planned at noon Monday at the Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station in downtown Gainesville. During the brief ceremony, there will be prayers, readings, community reflections and short remarks.

In this new year just begun, and with the inauguration of President Barack Obama to a second term, it is more than appropriate to pause and give honor to a courageous woman who helped to change the course of this nation’s history for all time; a history that would eventually lead to the election in 2008 of this nation’s first black president.

The entire community is invited to assemble at the site of the bronze memorial plaque at the station, which was dedicated in November 2008 when the station was officially renamed in Park’s honor.

This was accomplished after a unanimous vote by the Gainesville City Commission in February 2008 after a successful lobbying campaign by the committee.

Members of the community, along with businesses, churches, educational institutions and private donors helped to raise $11,000 to pay for the plaque.

For more information, call 352-665-4066 or 352-377-5022.

Rev. Milford L. Griner,

president/founder,

Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee,

Gainesville

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