The Legacy of Rosa Parks

Although Rosa Parks is no longer with us, the core principles she believed in – equality and justice through non-violent means – will continue to live on in Detroit and beyond. The non-profit organization she co-founded 18 years ago in Detroit will have a large part in that.

Unfamiliar with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute? Read on to learn about it:

In 1987 – thirty years after Mrs. Parks moved to Detroit – she and Elaine Eason Steele co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in Detroit. With a mission of “motivating youth to achieve their highest potential”, the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute exists to provide today’s youth with meaningful, engaging experiences that build practical day-to-day living skills.

Pathways to Freedom, the organization’s main program, gives members the opportunity to go on a 5-week bus tour of the country where they visit sites connected with the Civil Rights Movement and the Underground Railroad. Rosa Parks accompanied students on the trips during the first decade of the program, but retired from the month-long adventures during her mid-80s.

In addition to Pathways to Freedom bus tours, the non-profit organization has various other programs, such as the Pathways to Freedom Bank – where members learn about budget management and how to set financial goals – and the Rosa L. Parks Learning Centers, located in Detroit and San Francisco, where youth act as mentors to senior citizens by teaching them basic computer skills.

To learn more about the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute, please click here.

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