Rosa Parks Musuem Director Speaks at Hillhouse High School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, December 2, 2011
 
 
 
CONTACT:
Christopher Hoffman
203-497-7015 (office)
203-721-3184 (cell)
 
 
 
DIRECTOR OF ROSA PARKS MUSEUM TALKS TO HILLHOUSE STUDENTS ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER’S LIFE, LEGACY


 
 
Georgette Norman, director of the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Al., today spoke to James Hillhouse High School students about the late civil rights pioneer’s life and legacy.
 
 
 
Norman’s talk comes a day after the 56th anniversary of Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white man. Parks’ December 1, 1955 arrest for violating segregation laws sparked a bus boycott that launched the Civil Rights Movement.
 
 
 
The event is part of the seventh annual Thank You Rosa Parks Tribute sponsored by the city-based Rosa Parks Legacy Group. Dorthula “Dottie” Green said that the group came together in 2005 after Parks’ death.
 
 
 
“I thought it was important for people to understand her legacy beyond sitting on a bus,” Green said. “The idea is to hear her legacy. Social justice is not just something in the past.”
 
 
 
“I’m pleased and honored that Ms. Norman has come to Hillhouse to educate students about Rosa Parks and her legacy,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “Rosa Parks played a key role in ending legal segregation and opening doors for African-Americans. She was a great American and is a role model for the young.”
 
 
 
As part of the commemoration, the Rosa Parks Legacy Group presented a framed print of Parks to Hillhouse. The school also displayed Civil Rights era photos and reproduction documents in its foyer.