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Rosa Parks Centennial Celebration ~ A Lifetime of Service

Rosa Parks Centennial Celebration ~ A Lifetime of Service

Sacramento, California ~ National Freedom Day is a United States observance of the February 1, 1865 signing by President Abraham Lincoln a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constution. 

Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr., born an enslaved American, believed that there should be a day when freedom for all Americans should be celebrated.  He invited local and national leaders to meet to organize a movement for a national holiday to commemorate Lincoln’s signing of the 13th Amendment.

The National Freedom Association proposed a memorial date to call attention to the continuing struggle for freedom for African-Americans.  President Truman signed a proclamation in 1942 to recognize the first National Freedom Day celebration surrounding the "Liberty Bell" in Philadelphia, PA. 

California Rosa Parks Centennial Celebration uses the historic ‘Ole Blue Bus” as a powerful symbol of the quiet, stregnth and courage of Rosa Parks for education and advocacy of the broader Montgomery Bus Boycott and resulting change is scheduled to be on display Friday, February 1, 2013, 10:30 am – 12: 30 pm, California State Capitol.

Rosa Parks Day in California began February 4, 2000, our annual celebration of the “Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement.”  Our continuing theme “Red Roses, Wine, Fine Art, Chocolate and Pan African Cuisine” showcasing our California Black Agriculture Working Group honors the lifetime of service by Rosa Louise McCauley Parks to our nation.

150 years ago, Freedom Statue was placed atop the U.S. Capitol,  visable for all to see, yet few know the story to teach a new generation the foundation of an ongoing journey towards freedom.  A completed bronze statue of Rosa Parks, yet to be scheduled for installation in the U.S. Statuary Hall, remains a political work in progress as we celebrate her 100th birthday, Noon, Emancipation Hall, US Capitol, Washington D.C.

Special for our 2013 National Freedom Day ~ Rosa Parks Centennial Celebration, artist Donald Harvie captures the vibrant beauty of a young Rosa Parks whose quiet, dignity and courage sparked the Montgomery Boycott in the “Heart of Dixie.”

Montgomery, Alabama, original capital of the Confederate States of America, remains the site of Rosa Parks’ spark ignited a yearlong, organized and mobilized community action that helped changed global intermodal transportation systems through ending racial segregation in law.

National Freedom Day, the first day of Black History Month, brings attention to the broader contributions to the forward flow of humanity by People of African Descent.

Together, we celebrate the past, present and future of intermodal transportation systems essential to understand the broader U.S. ~ Pan African Trade and Commerce objective, as well as essential research and investment of clean and green transportation systems to enhance our daily lives.

The California Black Agriculture Working Group is proud to continue building upon our extended agricultural heritage through the living legacy of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, connecting Classical African Civilizations, through the Black Warrior River Basin of Alabama to the Central Valley of California, “the Greatest Garden in the World.”  

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