*Who doesn’t know the name Rosa Parks?
Her name is arguably the most famous in the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
And with what Ms. Parks has often stated was an uninvited wealth of fame, saying she simply did what she did because she was tired (I met her and these words came from her lips) comes a lot of opportunity for her image to be used and misused in commercial fashion.
I recently learned that retail giant Target had attempted to commission a series of Rosa Parks inspired items including books, movies and plaques, to commemorate her life.
But what may appear as an act of honorable homage being paid to this historical figure by some, may look like something else to others.
“Others” is the operative word here. And it specifically refers to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. The nonprofit lists their purpose is “To carry on the lifework of Rosa Parks in youth development and civil rights education/advocacy.”
Read more at EURThisNthat.