Milwaukee, April 26: Tribute to Ms. Rosa Parks’s Life of Activism

For Immediate Release March 29, 2013                                            

Contact:  Tish Minor, NAACP Milwaukee Branch, 414-562-1000

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Tribute to Ms. Rosa Parks’s Life of Activism

Friday, April 26, 7 pm

Central United Methodist Church (25th St. & Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee)

On Friday, April 26, at 7:00 pm, a diverse group of community organizations will sponsor a celebration of the lifelong activism of Rosa Parks, with special guest Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks, at Milwaukee’s Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th Street (at Wisconsin Avenue). The event is free and open to the public, with free off street parking south of the church.

According to MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, “At last, Jeanne Theoharis answers the question, who was Rosa Parks? The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks will undoubtedly be hailed as one of the most important scholarly contributions to Civil Rights history ever written.” Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP, also praised Theoharis’s new biography: “In the first sweeping history of Parks’ life, she shows us a long-time activist, committed to fight white supremacy from her earliest days, and continuing that fight when her notoriety forced her to relocate to Detroit.… Rosa Parks not only sat down on the bus, she stood on the right side of justice for her entire life.”

This event will include music and light refreshments, visual displays of artwork related to  Rosa Parks from AYZHA Fine Arts Gallery and others, and a discussion of The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks through a talk and live interview format with author Jeanne Theoharis.  A book signing will occur after the program.

Jeanne Theoharis is professor of political science at Brooklyn College of CUNY. She received her AB in Afro-American studies from Harvard College and a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is the author or coauthor of six books and numerous articles on the Black freedom struggle and the contemporary politics of race in the United States.

The sponsors include: the NAACP, Milwaukee Branch; Wisconsin African American Women’s Center; YWCA Southeast WI; Amalgamated Transit Union 998, AFL-CIO; Peace Action WI; AYZHA Fine Arts Gallery; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Central United Methodist Church; Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition; National Lawyers Guild, Milw.; Progressive Democrats of America, Milw. County; ACLU of WI Foundation; Vietnam Veterans Against the War; Peace Learning Center; Greater Milw. United Nations Assn.; and Veterans for Peace.  

For more information, call (414) 562-100 or 964-5158.

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