Watch history come alive
Registration opens January 1
Rosa Parks invigorated the struggle for racial equality when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks' arrest on December 1, 1955 launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott by 17,000 black citizens.
It was not long after the Montgomery Bus Boycott started in December 1955 that stories and ideas began to emerge about who Rosa Parks was and why she took such drastic action. The media did not tell the full story about race relations in Montgomery, Alabama, and how that led to the first civil action of that size and length. There has not been as large a demonstration since. It was truly the start of the modern grassroots civil rights movement. Rosa Parks has been labeled the mother of that movement, but she insisted from the beginning that she was not.
On Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., spend an evening with Rosa Parks that will help us understand who she was and how her activism was a natural outgrowth of her life experience. She was a remarkable blend of stoicism and vulnerability, intelligence, anger, and civility. She was more than most textbooks describe. I will give her this chance to change that image – to set the record straight.
Becky Stone will present an in-character presentation of Rosa Parks and help us to understand Rosa Parks and what she has meant to United States history.
Stone holds a degree in Drama from Vassar College and a masters in Elementary Educational Counseling from Villanova University. She worked for seven years as a counselor in the Philadelphia School system and taught drama for ten years a Christian classical school near her home in North Carolina.
Stone's performance experience includes acting professionally in regional theater companies and storytelling at schools, universities, museums, festivals, camps, libraries and the Biltmore Estate.
In 2003, Stone presented her first Chautauqua character, the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, at the Greenville, S.C. History Alive! Festival, the biggest Chautauqua festival in the country. Since that time, researching and performing Chautauqua characters has taken up most of her time. Becky has developed presentations of Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, and Josephine Baker.
Admission to all Premier Lectures is $15 per person and can be purchased online or with cash in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater one hour prior to the lecture, subject to availability. Up to four admissions can be purchased in one transaction.
For online purchases, two to three days before the event, a QR code ticket will be emailed to each person registered. The QR code ticket is a personal code for each person registered and the printed or electronic ticket displaying the QR code is required for admittance. There is no will call.
DATE /TIME: Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.