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Rosa Parks: First Lady of Civil Rights

Press Release 2/8/17

Rosa Parks

WOODBRIDGE – The Woodbridge Main Library will present Rosa Parks: First Lady of Civil Rights by Alex Ford on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 PM at the Woodbridge Main Library (1 George Frederick Plaza, Woodbridge, NJ).  This program is free and open to the public. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This program is produced by the American Historical Theatre.

Rosa Parks said: “I’d see the bus pass by me every day…but to me, that was a way of life; we had no choice but to accept what was the custom. The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white one.”

On a December day in 1955, this tired seamstress and NAACP secretary refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. The ensuing Bus Boycott would last over 1 year, and galvanize the Nation into the modern fight for Civil Rights for all Citizens. Rosa Parks’ story will serve to remind all who hear it that we cannot always stand by and observe the status quo. Sometimes, we have to take a seat to be heard and knowingly place our personal comfort aside in order to bring about the changes that will help “We the People…” form that “…more Perfect Union” that is our Nation’s promise.

Alexandra Ford is thrilled to bring Rosa Parks’ story to audiences in the 21st century. Her other credits include Delaware Humanities Forum and Storybook Musical Theater. Alex has an AAS degree in Literature, Arts, and Philosophy from Camden County College, and her BFA degree in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University.

As part of her research for Rosa Parks, Miss Ford has traveled to Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama. She has read many of the biographies of Rosa Parks and examined pages and pages of supplemental material related to the Civil Rights Movement in America.

For more information about this event, contact April Kane at 732-634-4450 or AKANE@WOODBRIDGELIBRARY.ORG.  For more information about the Horizons Speakers Bureau please visit http://njch.org/programs/hsb/.

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