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Remembering Rosa

Release Date: 0001-01-01

Dear Friends,
 

Last night at City Council the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development was recognized in honor of Black History Month. The Institute carries on the lifetime work of Rosa Parks in youth development and civil rights education and advocacy. Co-founded in 1987 by Rosa Parks and Elaine Eason Steele, the Institute is determined to continue the work Mrs. Parks started when she was working with youth as a volunteer of the NAACP, long before she was arrested for resisting bus segregation. Rosa was known as "the first lady of the civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Her acts of civil disobedience and nonviolent protest during the Montgomery bus boycott became important symbols of the Civil Rights Movement.

Although the institute is based in Detriot, their work has a national impact. Long Beach resident Bill Preston conducted a brief presentation in honor of Rosa Parks' Birthday, on February 4th. Mr. Preston is a Global Legacy Ambassador and Advisory Board Member for the Institute and accepted a proclamation on behalf of the organization.

My staff and I work hard to ensure that the First District is a fun and safe place for all people to work, live, and play. If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to my office at 562-570-6919 or district1@longbeach.gov. 

All My Best, 

LENA GONZALEZ
Councilwoman, First District
City of Long Beach