Rosa Parks scholarships to be awarded in annual competition

Friday October 11, 2019Roger Coda
photo of Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks being fingerprinted after being arrested for refusing to give up her seat for a white passenger on a segregated municipal bus in Montgomery, Ala.

Scholarships valued at $350 will be awarded to three students at the Rosa Parks Scholarship Competition awards ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at noon, in the Williams Center Horizon Room.

The annual competition welcomes student entries, in the form of writing, speaking, drawing, photography and dancing, which express views and experiences with multiculturalism and the celebration of diversity.

Established at Fredonia in 1989 by Dr. Vivian Garcia, the Rosa Parks Scholarship gives all students at Fredonia an opportunity to voice their opinion on social injustice, cultural perspective and activism.

Ms. Parks was an African-American Civil Rights activist in the 1950s whose act of civil disobedience led to the Montgomery bus boycott and was later heralded by the U.S. congress as the “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement.”

The awards ceremony is free and open to the public.

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