Urana McCauley, niece of Rosa Parks visits Rosa Parks Elementary

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While walking to the gymnasium to give her presentation, Urana McCauley is greeted by students, and faculty.

BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer

Urana McCauley, niece of Civil Rights activists, Rosa Parks, is on a mission, she told the students and faculty at Rosa Parks Elementary, 3350 Cherry St., on Friday, February 2.

“My aunt helped raised me, and I want to tell people parts of her life that they may not be aware of,” she told The Toledo Journal. “I also want to inspire and motivate people,” she added.

Ms. McCauley plans on visiting every school in the nation that has her aunts name, to share further information, and pictures about her aunt, that many may not be aware of or have seen.

Throughout her talk, Ms. McCauley shared photos, and information on a video projection.

“Many people may not be aware that my aunt went around the country, helping to raise funds, for the boycott in which her arrest sparked,” she said.

Rosa ParksAlaza Johns, Eighth Grader, said she thought the talk was very informative. “It was a great opportunity to hear her speak. I felt honored that she came to our school,” Alaza said.

In addition, Ms. McCauley said, her aunt still received death threats up until 2000, when she was 87 years old.

But her visit to the school was just a part of a bigger celebration for the famed Civil Rights icon.

Standing in front of a mural of Rosa Parks, located inside the school, are from left, Laura Heard, Jasmine Foster, Urana Foster, and Angela Hickman Richburg.
Standing in front of a mural of Rosa Parks, located inside the school, are from left, Laura Heard, Jasmine Foster, Urana Foster, and Angela Hickman Richburg.

Angela Hickman-Richburg, principal at Rosa Parks Elementary, said the entire school would participate in various types of activities throughout the day.

She said students will participate in Philosophical Chairs, which are discourses on various topics surrounding Rosa Parks; particularly rather those people, in modern times, who are being compared to Rosa Parks deserve such comparison.

Further, there would be a spelling bee, as well as dance during school hours, and an edible buss that commemorates the Civil Rights icon.

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