A birthday for Rosa Parks


Those attending held hands and sang the civil rights song, “We Shall Overcome.” From left are, the Rev. Milford L. Griner, founder and president of the Quiet Courage committee; the Rev. Johnny Mitchell, pastor of Bondage Breaking Ministry in Gainesville; Mary Hughes, a resident of Oak Hammock at the University of Florida; Evelyn Foxx, president of the Alachua County NAACP; Karen Cole-Smith, second vice president of the Quiet Courage committee, and Florida Bridgewater-Alford, president and CEO of the Twenty Pearls Foundation, the charitable and educational arm of the Gainesville alumnae chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.

More than 40 men and women braved very chilly weather to attend the Rosa Parks 100th birthday celebration held Monday at the Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station in Gainesville and sponsored by the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee of Gainesville. Parks, the mother of the modern civil rights movement, was celebrated with prayer, songs, readings, a flower tribute, speakers and, of course, a birthday cake.

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