DATE:  February 22, 2007       
CONTACT: Steve Paschal 361.825.2336; or Brenda Gonzales 361.3430
Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks to be Remembered during ‘Black History Month’ Celebration at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

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WHO:            The Islander Cultural Alliance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
WHAT:          Black History Month Celebration: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
WHEN:          Thursday, February 22 at 6 p.m. Best Time for Media: 6:45 to 7 p.m.
WHERE:        University Center Ballroom

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a tired department store worker going home after a long day at work, refused to give up her seat to on a Montgomery, Ala. bus to a white man and was subsequently arrested. The incident, coming just four days after the brutal murder of a young black man named Emmitt Till, ignited the 1960s Civil Rights Movement that changed the cultural fabric of the entire nation.

Tonight at 6 p.m., the Islander Cultural Alliance will honor the memory of the late Civil Rights icon with the presentation of the short film “Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks” in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom. The event is part of Black History Month celebration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Following the film there will be mediated table talks on “Race Relations and Stereotypes among All Races.” In addition, participants will be asked to sign a “Commitment to Non-Violence Card” similar to the one CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) carried in their pockets during the 1960s Civil Rights demonstrations.