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Jae Ste------------ of the library invited students for cake in celebration of Rosa Parks' birthday. (Photo by Andrew Bridges)

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. 

This photo and others of Rosa Parks are part of a library display.

This photo and others of Rosa Parks are part of a library display.

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.

Jae Ste------------ of the library invited students for cake in celebration of Rosa Parks' birthday. (Photo by Andrew Bridges)

Jae Steinkuhler of the library invited students for cake in celebration of Rosa Parks’ birthday. (Photo by Andrew Bridges)

 

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Andrew Bridges is a Mass Communication major, concentrating in Print. He was born and raised on a farm, south of Marshall. After graduation, Andrew plans on farming as well as being a freelance writer. This past summer, he had an internship with Missouri Life magazine where he had many articles published.

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