Story by Andrew Bridges
There is nothing like eating cake and drinking punch to celebrate a birthday of a loved one, especially if the birthday girl is someone who should be loved nationwide. February 4 marks the 100th birthday for civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
By just doing a simple act of staying in her bus seat instead of giving it to a white passenger, Parks showed dignity and became special among Americans to this day. This act of civil rights disobedience spurred a city-wide boycott against discrimination on buses in Montgomery, Alabama, and helped to start the activism of a young minister named the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
As February is Black History month, it seems fitting to celebrate Parks’ birthday because of all her involvement in with civil rights. Jae Steinkuhler, Murrell Memorial Library special events coordinator, said that Rosa Parks was a pioneer in the efforts to give black people their rightful place in society. Steinkuhler said about Parks, “She took a stand on something she believed in.”
For the day, cake and punch were available to students in celebration of the 100th birthday as well as a display of photos and historical information about Rosa Parks.