National Day of Courage Coverage

National Day of Courage

Today is an extraordinary day in history. Rosa Parks would have been 100 years old. Her quiet, yet defiant refusal to give up her seat in 1955 sparked one of the most influential civil rights protests in our nation's history.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) in collaboration with The Henry Ford - home of the Rosa Parks Bus - will offer live coverage of a National Day of Courage; a full day event of performances, speakers and tributes to the "Mother of the Freedom Movement." Highlights of the day will include a keynote address from Julian Bond, special salutes from the White House, and the unveiling of the new Rosa Parks postage stamp. Watch here:

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Check out PBS's newly launched site for Black History and Culture, Black Culture Connection, which will host live coverage of the event in a Special Rosa Parks Collection that includes additional articles, videos and social badges for you to share.

The new PBS Black Culture Connection is an online resource center, connecting over 100 local and national films, articles and digital resources across PBS. It's a pathway to Black history and culture around the country and to the rich stories being produced by you locally. It's generating new leads for stations, surfacing local content nationally and is made possible through partnerships like DPTV, WNET, WGBH and producers like Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Stanley Nelson.