Cornell University associate professor Riché Richardson will give a talk entitled Rosa Parks @100 as part of the national celebration marking Rosa Parks' 100th Birthday.
The action of Rosa Parks, through her choice to remain seated, birthed an international movement for civil and human rights that makes it fitting to think of her not only as ‘the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,’ but also as a person, a woman, who changed the world. To this day, her example brings hope and inspiration to people everywhere, including many children. When Rosa Parks sat down, American democracy moved forward. The project of freedom moved forward.
Riché Richardson is currently an associate professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University where she also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies. She is a scholar of African American literature with additional specialties in American literature, Southern studies and gender studies.
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