"Rosa Parks: A Tribute" to be performed Wednesday
Penn State Hazleton’s next installment of the 2011-2012 Cultural Events Series will celebrate African American History Month with a performance honoring Rosa Parks on Wednesday, February. 15 at 7:00 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Slusser/Bayzick Building.
Rosa Parks is a symbol of freedom for the world. A woman of quiet courage, dignity, and determination, she refused to surrender her seat to a white male passenger and was arrested by the Montgomery Police on December. 1, 1955. Her simple act of courage set in motion a chain of events that forever changed American race relations and redirected the course of history.
In her one-woman show appropriate for all ages, Joanna Maddox portrays Rosa Parks and describes what it was like growing up in the segregated South as a little girl and into the 1950s when Blacks were treated as second-class citizens due to segregation laws. She was not attempting to start a movement, but was simply tired of the social injustice and did not think it was right for a woman to give up her seat for a man. Her refusal to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, forever made her "The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."
The final cultural event will take place on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Slusser/Bayzick Building with a performance by Jabali Afrika, a group from Kenya performing the music, songs and dance of their homeland in traditional tribal costumes.
For more information, please call 570-450-3180.
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