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The Henry Ford, Post Office To Honor Rosa Parks’ 100th Birthday

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The United States Post Office, and a Detroit-area museum is planning a celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of civil rights icon Rosa Parks’ birth.

The Henry Ford in Dearborn is set to welcome visitors to a daylong event Monday featuring remarks from civil rights leader Julian Bond, Parks biographer Douglas Brinkley and others, as well as live music and presentations.

Event-goers also are to have the opportunity to take a seat on the Rosa Parks bus, which is on permanent display inside the Henry Ford Museum.

Additionally, at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, the Postal Service will unveil a stamp with Parks’ likeness on it at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit’s cultural center.

Parks is credited as the catalyst in the civil rights movement in America for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Alabama in 1955.

Not long after that historic event, Rosa Parks and her husband moved to Detroit where she lived until her death in 2005.

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