UST community invited to Rosa Parks Day

The UST community is  invited to to attend the second annual Rosa Parks Day poster session on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Students from the History 116, African American History in Global Perspective, will display posters related to their study of race in American history and what it has meant to be African American.

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Posters will be on display from noon to 1 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center lobby. Student historians will be present to explain the significance of their chosen topics, and awards will be presented.

The posters will focus on a range of topics, including: “African American Colonization of Liberia,” the “Supreme Court on Race Before and After the Civil War,” “Busing to Desegregate Boston Schools,” the “1920 Lynching in Duluth,” and the “Use of the Government’s COINTELPRO Against Black Activists.” The careers of artists, actors and politicians also will be covered.

On Dec. 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Ala., Rosa Parks refused to obey a bus driver’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her action sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Parks’ act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and she became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.

This event is sponsored by the History Department, which funded the printing of posters with the support of the Geography Department, which gave technical assistance and printed the posters.