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Rosa Parks movie shown at University of Nothern Colorado

By Amanda Stoutenburgh
On February 24, 2013

February is Black History month and every year at UNC, the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center and Davis House honor the struggles black people have faced and celebrate the overcoming of those obstacles.

"The Rosa Parks Story" was shown Feb. 20 at the Davis House, allowing attendees to remember the inspirational nature of a woman who did not give up on what she believed in.

Adelle Shepherd, a freshman nutrition major, said her economics course required the students to attend a university event. Shepherd said she had never seen the movie but thought attending the showing was very worthwhile.

"I think she's a strong independent woman," she said.

TyRay Thompson, the director of the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, was introduced to the movie for the first time, as well.

"I wasn't taught very much about African American history," Thompson said. "You won't get that information unless find it on your own. I feel inspired."

Because of this movie, Thompson said he was able to get a real sense of Parks' motivation to find indescribable courage.

When Parks was arrested on the bus, no one else stood up for her or spoke out against the bus driver or police. Others around the situation held their tongue because they were afraid of the consequences. Parks had real courage to actually do something about society's segregation.

Thompson described the chills and goose bumps he received when thinking about the movie. "The whole point of this cultural center and this movie is to inspire people to make a change," he said. "Stand up for what is right, and do not give up. History in general is a powerful thing.  Learn from the past, both positives and negatives."

Movies throughout this month have been shown at the MGCC, and the next one will 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday when "The Untold Story of Emmitt Till" will be featured.

These films were picked primarily by Jasmine, the event coordinator and Africana studies major said, to highlight important influential people who made a difference. She explained the logic behind choosing the movie.

"Remember who was first and how we got where we are today," said Jasmine. "(We are) paying tribute to those who created a rift in segregation, allowing for change and real progress to be made and not just going along with it, like so many others had."

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