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Looking Back - National Day of Courage 2013

February 12, 2013 Think THF

Last week people at Henry Ford Museum and across the country took part in the National Day of Courage, a day celebrating the strength of Rosa Parks on what would have been her 100th birthday. Guests filled the museum all day long to take part in the festivities. Thanks to our live stream of the event from Detroit Public Television, we were able to share the events online, too. From expressions of gratitude to thankful Facebook posts, it was exciting to see so many share their thoughts on Mrs. Parks and what courage means to them.

Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Civil Rights activist Julian Bond delivers the keynote address.

Our morning began with opening remarks from Julian Bond, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.

U.S. Congressman Gary Peters

U.S. Congressman John Conyers

Senator Carl Levin

We were honored to have U.S. Congressmen Gary Peters and John Conyers and Senator Carl Levin on hand to share their thoughts on Mrs. Parks and share a Presidential Proclamation for her 100th birthday. You can watch Congressman Peters share part of the letter below.

The newly issued Rosa Parks stamp

Visitors line up to purchase the newly issued Rosa Parks stamps.

The morning's activities were highlighted by an unveiling of the new Rosa Parks Courage stamp from the United States Postal Service.

The Hamilton Family band performs.

Aaron Dworkin, founder of Sphinx Organization, right, introduces violinist Gareth Johnson.

Robert and Bernice Jones

Musical performances were peppered throughout the day's schedule as a way to celebrate and reflect.

Political reporter and author Eleanor Clift

We were lucky to have an outstanding collection of authors, professors, and subject matter experts on hand all day, bringing lively discussion to the museum plaza.

To see more of the National Day of Courage in action, take a look at our photo set from the day's events. We also have an entire playlist of videos, too.

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