My name is Dilanna Morrison, I'm 17 years old and I recently joined Project HIP-HOP this summer. The Civil Rights Tour of the south we are currently on has greatly impacted me, from the places we have visited to the people we have met with. The purpose of this trip is to learn about our culture and the struggles so many courageous African Americans had to endure just for us to have equal rights. One of these activists was Rosa Parks.
We recently visited the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. Most famous for her refusal to give up her seat to a white male on the bus during the time of segregation, Rosa Parks was an African American civil rights activist, whom the U.S Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement."
The museum is a major landmark in downtown Montgomery that was constructed on the site of the old Empire Theater where Mrs. Parks made her courageous and historic stand in 1955. The purpose of the Rosa Parks Museum is for the benefit, education, enjoyment of the pubic and to help them understand and relate to the accomplishments of individuals associated with the Montgomery Bus Boycott. During our tour of the museum we saw different exhibit spaces and archives related to Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. It was truly amazing to see how much our people have gone through to be where we are today. In my opinion, Rosa Parks is one of the most influential people during the Civil Rights Movement, she helped shape and form a revolution of people to stand up for what they knew was right and because of that she is a constant reminder of why giving up is never an option.