Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger and became prisoner number 7053. Most, if not all, know the events that took place on December 1, 1955. While it may have been viewed as an act of noncompliance. Rosa's sit down in order to stand up attitude made her one of the most notable pioneers for civil rights. Today, her mission to create opportunity and break down the barriers of social injustice live on, even after her death.
Rosa Parks, a name that is globally recognized to represent peace and equality, will have a road in Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa named in her honor. Parks’ commitment and activism has aided in the plight of descendants of the African Diaspora. An avid Human and Civil Rights leader, Parks refused to give her seat to a Caucasian male passenger on a racially segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955, being the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott that reverberated around the world. Her act of courage changed the course of history and motivated people around the world, especially African Americans and other people of color to fight for equal rights as citizens of the United States.
August 5-12, 2011 Pathways to Freedom, a program of Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development will journey to Ghana, West Africa for educational enrichment and historical research. The non-profit, 501-c3 is the only organization founded by Rosa Parks to continue her legacy. The road that leads to Ghana’s Cape Coast Castle where the enslaved were interned will be named “Rosa Parks: Pathways to Freedom.” All are welcome on this journey of cultural immersion and exploration. The invitation has been extended to youth ages 11-17 to apply to attend Pathways to Freedom Ghana 2011; 100 students will be selected.
Students who are interesting in applying, Friday, APRIL 15, 2011 is the last day to submit applications.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (application contains complete requirements)
- FUNDRAISE $500
- 40 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
- WRITE AN ESSAY 150-200 WORDS
- 2 YEAR COMMITMENT TO THE PATHWAYS TO FREEDOM PROGRAM
- ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN
- TRANSPORTATION TO DETROIT, MICHIGAN.
- DOWNLOAD YOUR APPLICATION HERE