Next week, The Henry Ford will celebrate Rosa Parks with a National Day of Courage in commemoration of what would have been her 100th bithday. From free admission and special hours to key events and speakers, there are plenty of ways to take part in the celebration. Learn more today from Lish Dorset, social media manager of The Henry Ford.
On Feb. 4, The Henry Ford is celebrating what would have been Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday with a National Day of Courage. Henry Ford Museum is home to the bus Mrs. Parks refused to give her seat up on back in 1955.
Starting the National Day of Courage off is American Civil Rights activist and leader Julian Bond. Joining him during the day are contributing Newsweek editor Eleanor Clift, Rosa Parks biographers Jeanne Theoharis and Douglas Brinkley, and author and Wayne State University Assistant Professor Danielle McGuire.
The Henry Ford will be dedicating the new Rosa Parks Forever stamp from the United States Postal Service. The new stamp, showcasing a portrait of Mrs. Parks, will be available for purchase and cancellation at HenryFord Museum all day.
Admission to HenryFord Museum is free all day. We’re even offering extended hours, too – join us from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Visitors can listen to a presentation or explore the museum’s exhibits, such as “With Freedom and Justice for All.”
If you can’t join us in person in Dearborn, you can still celebrate Mrs. Parks’ legacy. You can post a message of courage by sharing a digital Facebook badge, watch the day’s live stream, or learn more about the significant Civil Rights artifacts in The Henry Ford’s collection. We even have a plain badge that you can download and write your own message on. If you do, make sure to take a picture of yourself wearing it and tag us on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #dayofcourage.
You can also learn much more about the American Civil Rights Movement thanks to our OnInnovation page dedicated to Mrs. Parks.
After the National Day of Courage, we’ll be celebrating Black History Month all throughout February in Henry Ford Museum. Each weekend we’ll feature musical and dramatic presentations talking about particular eras in black history.
We’re looking forward to the National Day of Courage and hope that you can join us, either here in person or online, as we honor Mrs. Parks.
Lish Dorset is the social media manager for The Henry Ford in Dearborn. She lives in Royal Oak with her husband and fat cat, Ronnie. When she’s not sharing some of her favorite artifacts from the collections of The Henry Ford with fans on Facebook, she’s at home crafting. To learn more about what’s happening around the museum, check out The Henry Ford’s blog.