Annual Rowan scholarship luncheon to feature talk by former director of Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Annual Rowan scholarship luncheon to feature talk by former director of Rosa Parks Library and Museum

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Georgette Norman, former director of the Rosa Parks Library and Museum in Alabama, will be the keynote speaker at the 13th annual Rosa Parks Scholarship Luncheon at Rowan University on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Proceeds from the luncheon, which is open to the public, benefit the Dr. Gary Hunter Scholarship Program for deserving Rowan undergraduate students. Tickets are $50 and can be reserved by contacting Denise Williams, williamsd@rowan.edu or 856-256-4818. The luncheon is presented by the Rosa Parks Committee of the Africana Studies program.

An educator, activist and motivational speaker, Norman led the library and museum headquartered at Troy University in Montgomery, Ala., for 13 years. Under her leadership, the venue hosted more than 564,000 visitors from around the world who learned the story of Parks, widely considered the “mother of the Civil Rights movement.”

On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks was arrested after she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man. The incident led to the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott, which eventually brought international attention to Civil Rights issues.

The library and museum stands on the spot where Parks was arrested. It is the nation’s only museum dedicated to Parks, who died in 2005 at age 92.

Norman’s talk, which will be in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, is titled, “The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Before and its Aftermath.” 

During her tenure leading the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Norman brought more than 70 art exhibits to Montgomery, as well as panel discussions and book signings by artists and academicians and community outreach events.

Norman earned degrees from Fish University and Hampton University.