Wednesday November 30, 2005
Celebrated With Take A Stand writing contest
Mayor Jerry Abramson, TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker and local officials paid tribute to Rosa Parks on the 50th anniversary of her arrest for riding in the white section of a Montgomery, Alabama, bus.
“Rosa Parks reminds us every day that we can stand up for what we believe in as simple a way as keeping our seat,” Abramson said. “Our children and our children’s children must remember where we came from, and it is our responsibility to show them how to stand up for what they believe, as well.”
Commemorating the civil rights movement’s watershed moment, TARC has partnered with the Courier-Journal, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville Urban League and the Louisville NAACP to sponsor a writing contest. Students will be asked to pay homage to the civil rights pioneer and people everywhere who take a stand for what they believe and make a difference.
Starting in December, students will be asked in their classrooms to write an editorial on an issue of importance to them. Each school district in the region will submit their winning editorials and overall winners will be selected. A prize of $250 will be awarded to the top middle- and high-school writers at the Louisville Urban League’s Education Summit on Feb. 25. The winning editorial will be published in The Courier-Journal during Black History Month in February.
“The Urban League is pleased to be a sponsor for this contest which will explore the universal themes of human justice and equality and provide a greater understanding of the values that made Rosa Parks great,” Urban League president Ben Richmond said.
TARC also is participating by having its coach operators wear yellow ribbons on Dec. 1, the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest. The buses will run with their headlights on, and signage will be posted on the buses in honor of Mrs. Parks.
In addition, a vintage bus will be parked in front of TARC headquarters at Union Station with a banner recognizing Mrs. Parks. “The lesson of Rosa Parks is not only about the importance of fighting for your civil rights, but also serves as a permanent reminder about the dignity and respect that all people deserve,” said TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker.