The Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement

Posted: Feb 16, 2012

This month, we are celebrating Black History Month at the Girl Scouts, and are reminded of the many influential women who have made a difference in our community, and who have blazed a trail for equality and human rights across our country.  It is these women who we look to for inspiration as we bridge into the next 100 years of Girl Scouting.

Rosa Parks is one such woman.

Regarded widely as the “mother of the modern day civil rights movement,” Rosa is best known for the courageous stand she took against injustice in 1955, when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus in Alabama.  By many accounts, this one act became the catalyst for the Civil Rights movement and the subsequent legal and social progress made toward fairness in our country. 

Just over 10 years ago, on January 18, 1992, Rosa Parks visited Camp Sombrero for a “Right-to-Read” literacy program held by our council. At this program, Rosa addressed 500 children and adults—both Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts members—on the importance of literacy and the freedom to learn.  She personally visited with every attendee, and handed out 300 autographed copies of her biography My Story.  Rosa Parks was presented with an honorary plaque from GSACPC as well as a Kachina doll.
 Rosa Parks speaking to 500+ community members during her visit to Camp Sombrero in 1992.

Rosa passed away on October 24, 2005.

She spent her lifetime fighting for human rights, and we are honored that despite her many accomplishments, Rosa Parks was compelled to come to our own Camp Sombrero and spend time empowering and motivating others.

Rosa Parks with Girl Scouts at Camp Sombrero in 1992

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