Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thank you Rosa!

Today is Rosa Parks Day. On December 1st, 56 years ago, a very tired Rosa Parks made a decision that would change her life and affect the civil rights movement.

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American civil rights activist and seamstress whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement".

 Parks on a Montgomery bus on December 21, 1956, the day Montgomery's public transportation system 
was legally integrated. Behind Parks is Nicholas C. Chriss, a UPI reporter covering the event.

Parks is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey bus driver James Blake's demand that she relinquish her seat to a white man. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history, and launched Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organizers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Her role in American history earned her an iconic status in American culture, and her actions have left an enduring legacy for civil rights movements around the world.

 The No. 2857 bus on which Parks was riding before she was arrested (a GM "old-look" transit bus
serial number 1132), is now a museum exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum.

Source: Wikipedia, Biography online
Photo credit: Wikipedia, Biography online

More Info:
Rosa's official website

got apples?

December 1, 2011 is

Eat a Red Apple Day

It’s Eat a Red Apple Day! You know the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” It's true! Apples have high nutritional value and make for an extremely healthy snack. The peel alone contains antioxidants that help reduce damaged cells and fight diseases. Apples are also fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
Did you know that there are 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world? They can come in a variety of shapes, flavors, and colors including all shades of red, green, and yellow.
The apple can be eaten raw, cooked, baked, or juiced. Snack on your favorite variety (Red Delicious or Macintosh, perhaps?) and celebrate Eat a Red Apple Day!

got pie?

There are many "National Pie Days" across the year and today is just one of them. But just another reason to think about, cook and eat pie! 

Not to be confused with "Pi Day" which is always March 14th each year due to the numerical association to the mathematical constant π (pi): corresponding to 3.141592653

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December 1st is World AIDS Day

The first World AIDS Day was on December 1, 1988 and every year since it's served as an opportunity to increase awareness, educate, raise money, and fight prejudice. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. 

It's estimated that over 40 million people are currently living with HIV and countless others are affected by it. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Keep an eye out today for everyone wearing red ribbons in support of this cause.

Source: Ultimate holidays, Wikipedia
Photo credit: Wikipedia

More info:  

Progress on AIDS 

20/ 20: Visioning an AIDS-Free World is an initiative of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund 

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