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Rosa Parks Museum to celebrate Civil Rights icon’s birthday on Feb. 4

February 3, 2020

Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will honor its namesake on what would have been Mrs. Parks’ 107th birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 4 with activities throughout the day and free admission to the museum.

The Montgomery 1950s-era bus will also be on display outside of the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Duron Hale will provide live music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the museum’s Charles Cahn Bahm and Family Atrium. Arts and crafts will be available for children from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and story time will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests will also be able to enjoy birthday cake and HoneyPop birthday cake-flavored popcorn while supplies last.

The day will also feature special guest Wanda Lloyd, author of “Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism.” Ms. Lloyd will sign copies of her book from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.

Lloyd, an alumna and former trustee of Atlanta’s Spelman College, served as The Montgomery Advertiser’s Executive Editor from 2004-2013. She has been a four-time juror for the Pulitzer Prize. She was the founding executive director of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University, has served with the Accrediting Council on Education for Journalism and Mass Communications, and is a former director of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE). In 2019, Lloyd was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.

Lloyd’s memoir follows her path through restricted and segregated culture of the American South in 1950s and 1960s to eventually realizing her childhood dream of working as a professional journalist and eventually becoming one of the first African American women to be the top editor of a mainstream daily newspapers.

For additional information, contact the Rosa Parks Museum at 334-241-8615.