Washington — The recent announcement of a “Rosa Parks Civil Liberties Scholarship” established by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) focuses attention on continuing efforts to honor Parks’ legacy by making higher education available to all Americans.
Regarded by many as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” Parks died of natural causes on October 24 at her home in Detroit at the age of 92. (See related article.)
The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation, founded in 1980 by the Detroit News newspaper and the city of Detroit public schools, has awarded more than $1.5 million to about 750 students. It annually presents approximately 40 students from Parks’ adopted state of Michigan with $2000 scholarships for use at the university of their choice.
CAIR’s $1,000 Parks Civil Liberties Scholarship will be awarded to students with a demonstrated interest in civil liberties issues and an ability to show how the civil rights movement relates to the American Muslim experience.
In a statement announcing the scholarship, CAIR said: “Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat sparked the civil rights movement and continues to inspire all those who struggle for social justice and equality. It is only fitting that a scholarship aimed at advancing the cause of human dignity be offered in her name.” (MORE)
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