---- — DEARBORN (AP) — Admission is free to a 100th birthday celebration for the late civil rights icon Rosa Parks being hosted next month by The Henry Ford, but the Detroit-area museum is asking that visitors and others give back in a different way.
The Dearborn-based Henry Ford said Friday it will welcome visitors on Feb. 4 for an event featuring remarks from civil rights leader Julian Bond, Parks biographer Douglas Brinkley and others, as well as live music and presentations. Event-goers also will have the opportunity to take a seat on the Rosa Parks bus, which is on permanent display.
Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man, an act that helped bring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to prominence in the fight to desegregate the transit system.
Parks later moved to Detroit and worked as an aide to U.S. Rep. John Conyers. She died in 2005 at age 92.
In addition to the 12-hour celebration on Feb. 4, The Henry Ford on Friday announced that it is encouraging all Americans "to commit themselves to do something courageous just as Mrs. Parks did back on that day in 1955" — an effort the museum is calling the Rosa Parks National Day of Courage. Visitors to The Henry Ford's Facebook page are asked to share how they'll be taking part in the National Day of Courage.
For those unable to attend in-person events on Feb. 4, Detroit Public Television plans to provide a live broadcast via satellite and on the Internet.