Carl A. Barnowski, Founder of the Barnowski Financial Group
The history of Rosa Parks Day
Within the Annuity Safe Zone®, the Barnowski Financial Group promotes the four “Biggies” during retirement that we know make our aging retiree’s happy. Our expertise is obviously falls into category 4, Sustainable Income for Life. If you think about it though, they are all related from the standpoint that without one… you probably don’t have one are a few of the others.
1. Good Health – Let’s face it… if you don’t have your health, you don’t have much. Without Good Health, you probably don’t have mobility.
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3. Socialization – Socialization is important for our mental health, physical stimulation as well as keeping our brain active and engaged.
4. Sustainable Income for Life - Knowing… not guessing that your money will last you your entire lifetime brings not only stress relief, but also allows you to afford the best healthcare available with keeps you healthy, which keeps you mobile and social.
Today’s message has nothing to do with you personal finances or your health, but has everything to do about learning something about the American icons who were bold, independent and molded our country’s history…. and I am personally fascinated by this type these types of people and events.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American civil rights activist whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. Her birthday, February 4, and the day shewas arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in the U.S. states of California and Ohio.
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps in the twentieth century, including Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and the members of the Browder vs. Gayle lawsuit (Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald and Mary Louise Smith arrested months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws though eventually her case became bogged down
in the state courts.
Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon president of the local chapter of the NAACP; and Martin Luther King Jr., a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement.
At the time, Parks was secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. She had recently attended the Highlander Folk School, a Tennessee center for training activists for workers’ rights and racial equality. She acted as a private citizen “tired of giving in”. Although widely honored in later years, she also suffered for her act; she was fired from her job as a seamstress in a local department store.
Eventually, she moved to Detroit, where she briefly found similar work. From 1965 to 1988 she served as secretary and receptionist to John Conyers, an African-American U.S. Representative. After retirement, Parks wrote her autobiography, and lived a largely private life inDetroit. In her final years, she suffered from dementia.
Parks received national recognition, including the NAACP’s 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capital Rotunda.
There are so many lessons to be learned and passed on to future generations by simply observing, recognizing and feeling the passion behind the initiatives of those who came before us. I look forward to sharing more with you soon.
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