Rosa Parks was born 100 years ago this week. When that bus driver told her to move back to make room for a white passenger, she was ready. For more than a decade, she’d been active in registration campaigns and in the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. She was also incredibly connected to many circles in the city and had trained at the Highlander Folk School, in rural Tennessee, a place for grassroots leaders to explore issues, strategize and find their voice in the struggle for justice.
“At Highlander I found out for the first time in my adult life that this could be a unified society,” says Parks. “I gained there the strength to persevere in my work for freedom not just for blacks, but for all oppressed people.”
This week the Postal Service honored Parks with a Forever stamp. Use it to remind yourself, friends and supporters to be courageous. And find your own Highlander Center, a place of community to reflect and recharge.
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I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. — Rosa Parks
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