An author talk, exhibits and free admission highlight the museum’s Rosa Parks Day celebration | Tech US News


A book discussion with author HH Leonards will highlight Rosa Parks Day activities at the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University on December 1.

In 2018, the Alabama Legislature unanimously approved a bill declaring December 1st as Rosa Parks Day in the state. December 1st is the anniversary of Parks’ historic arrest in 1955 after she refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery to a white passenger. Her arrest sparked a boycott of Montgomery’s city buses by the African-American community, which eventually led to the desegregation of the city’s public bus system. This year marks the 67th anniversary of Ms. Parks’ arrest and the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Leonards, author of “Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus,” will join LaDonna Boyd, CEO of RH Boyd Publishing, to discuss the book beginning at noon in the museum’s auditorium. The event, made possible by the Alabama Humanities Alliance, is free and open to the public. The event will also be streamed live on the museum’s Facebook page, A reception and book signing will follow.

HH Leonards, author of “Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus”

“The museum is honored to have HH Leonards with us to commemorate Ms. Parks’ courageous act of defiance,” said Donna Beisel, interim director of the museum. “Leonards had a decade-long personal relationship with Ms. Parks and will be able to offer insight into her later years, which are largely overlooked.”

Leonards is a wife, mother of three, and founder of the O Museum at the Mansion in Washington, DC, where Mrs. Rosa Parks, her friends and business partners lived with her for free as part of the O Mansion and Museum Heroes-In-Residence Program.

About the Museum in The Mansion was established on February 14, 1980 to provide a safe haven and sanctuary where guests learn from each other and encourage the development of diversity, the creative process and the human spirit. The building is a “20th Century Civil Rights Historic Site” on the African American Heritage Trail.

Throughout her professional career, Leonards has focused on making it economically viable for companies to leverage their philanthropic contributions to their own benefit—and to the benefit of society. She worked tirelessly to encourage companies and individuals to transform their personal visions into a mission of service. As a consultant to Ogilvy & Mather, she helped them create cause-related marketing for their clients.

A staunch advocate for social justice through music and storytelling, she is the co-founder of, a nonprofit organization that develops a citywide trail that traces America’s struggle for equality and freedom.

As part of the celebration, the Rosa Parks Museum will offer free admission Dec. 1-5, and on Dec. 1, it will feature arts and crafts, a 1955 Montgomery City Bus exhibit, and an exhibit of Mrs. Parks’ Fingerprint Card from her Dec. 1, 1955 Arrest .

As part of the community observances, there will be a Unity Walk for Peace and Justice on December 1 at 5:30 p.m., starting at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and ending at the Rosa Parks Museum. Church of St. Paul AME, of which Ms. Parks was a member during her time in Montgomery, will host the Rosa Parks Community Convocation beginning at 7 p.m., featuring guest speaker Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. For a complete list of observances in the Montgomery area, visit


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