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Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development wants to say “Thank You”

” Thank you” is one of those wonderful phrases
people use to express a special gratitude.

But there’s often a lot more to it
than those two words can say.

When it comes from the heart, from deep inside
the nicest feelings and the most special thoughts,
“Thank you” means so much.
It means thank you for taking the time to show
that you care. It means “you really made my day,”
and sometimes it means that you really make all
the days so much better.
It means you make me feel so nice,
and I wish I could do the same for you…
just by letting you know how much you mean to me.

“Thank you” means you didn’t have to…
but I’m so grateful that you did.
“Thank you” means that you’ve done something special
that I’ll never forget.
By: 2000 Pathways To Freedom student

Happy Birthday Civil Rights Activist Fred Korematsu!

Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu (January 30, 1919 – March 30, 2005) was a Japanese-American citizens living on the West Coast of the United States at the onset of World War II. After the Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War and his military commanders to remove all individuals of Japanese ancestry from designated “military areas” and place them in internment camps in what is known as the Japanese American internment. When such orders were issued for the West Coast, Korematsu instead became a fugitive. The legality of the internment order was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States, but Korematsu’s conviction was overturned decades later after the disclosure of new evidence challenging the necessity of the internment, evidence which had been withheld from the courts by the U.S. government during the war.

To commemorate his journey as a civil rights activist, the “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” was observed for first time on January 30, 2011, by the state of California, and first such commemoration for an Asian American in the US.[1][2]

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Library of Congress – Press Release on Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute

Press contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639
Public contact: Helena Zinkham (202) 707-2922
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January 9, 2015

Co-Founder of Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development To Share Recollections of Civil Rights Icon

The Library of Congress, the Library of Congress Chapter of Blacks in Government and the Daniel A.P. Murray African American Culture Association of the Library of Congress will co-host a panel discussion, “Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus,” with Elaine Steele, a longtime associate of civil rights leader Rosa Parks and co-founder of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. Joining Steele are Ella McCall Haygan, who also worked for Parks and is co-director of Pathways to Freedom, and Anita Peek, current executive director of the institute.

The program, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are not needed.

The speakers will share their stories about working with Rosa Parks and taking inspiration from her deep commitment not only to civil rights but to helping young people. The talk precedes the opening for research, later this year, of the Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress and the incorporation of items from the collection into the Library’s ongoing exhibition “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom.”

The Library of Congress in September 2014 became the new home of the collection, which is on loan for 10 years from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Elaine Eason Steele worked for more than 20 years for federal, state and local governments, rising from clerk to supervisor. In 1987, she co-founded with Rosa Parks the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in honor of Mrs. Parks’ late husband Raymond (1903-1977). For many years as an executive assistant to Parks, Steele traveled with and coordinated all appearances by Mrs. Parks with leaders, heads of state and organizations throughout the world. She gained national recognition as the co-founder and developer of the Pathways to Freedom program.

Ella McCall Haygan is co-director of the Washington DC/Metro Regional chapter of Pathways to Freedom’s Youth Program of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. Mrs. Parks’ Pathways to Freedom Youth Program offers an educational and historical research opportunity for students ages 11 to 17. Haygan also founded and runs a free social-services organization, From Streets to Skills Social Services on Wheels, to bring skills and services to youth, homeless families, former gang members and others in need.

Anita Peek has served as the executive director of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development since 1996. Under her leadership, the organization has grown to offer five separate programs, including the signature youth-development history expedition, Pathways to Freedom, and the Rosa L. Parks Learning Center, which specializes in intergenerational computer-based training.

Blacks In Government ® (BIG) was established in 1975 to enable all present and future black employees in local, state and federal governments to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and to provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy. Incorporated in 1976, Blacks in Government is a national organization with chapters located in government agencies nationwide. Further information about the national BIG organization can be found at

The Daniel A.P. Murray African American Culture Association of the Library of Congress was organized to increase awareness and appreciation of African-American culture, through educational, scholarly, cultural, benevolent, civic and nonprofit social activities. The association was founded by Sylvia Lyons Render in 1979. She was appointed as the first specialist in African-American history and culture in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. She was instrumental in augmenting the Library’s holdings in African-American history and culture.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its website at

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Created Equal Film Series @ Charles H. Wright Museum hosted by Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute



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As the nation marks historic anniveraries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Macrch on Washington, Created Equal brings together four nationally-acclaimed documentary films on the long Civil Rights movement.

Created Equal is part of the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Huamnities, produced in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Instititute of American History.

In celebration of Mrs. Rosa Parks 102nd birthday, February 4th, 2015,  The Freedom Riders film will be shown February 6th, 2015 from 6-9pm. The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute will be hosting the film series being shown at the Charles H. Wright Museum all year.

Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and balck volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.


June 26th, 2015                                                                              from 6-9pm

The Loving Story is about when Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in July 1958, in Virginia, for violating a state law that banned marriage between people of different races, such laws had been on the bookd in most states since the seventeenth century. But the Lovings never expected to be woken up in their bedroom in the middle of the night and arrested. This brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and their legal battle.



September 10th, 2015                                                                       from 5-8 pm

The Abolitionist vividly brings to life the struggle of men and women who led the battle to end slavery. William LLoyd Garrison a newspaper editor, Frederick Douglass a former slave, author and activist, Angelina Grinke, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author and John Brown, put faces on the anti-slavery movement in this three part series.



November 5th, 2015                                                                         from 5-8 pm

Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. The films shows interviews with descendants of victims and perpetrators.




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Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!

Greetings to the RRPISD Friends & Supporters:

The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute wishes you a Joyful and Prosperous Holiday Season and may you have a Blessed 2015!

Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, appreciates all donations provided. You may donate through our website: and by clicking on our Donations Tab or mail your donation to the address listed below.

Thank you for a great 2014 and we look forward to hearing from you soon.


Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development
535 Griswold Street Suite 111/513
Detroit, Michigan 48226
T: 313-965-0606
F: 888-231-0480

Created Equal Film Series beginning February 6th, 2015 @ the Charles H. Wright Museum from 6pm – 9pm (Freedom Riders film)

“Soup and Bowl Fellowship” to feed the Homeless, Sheltered and Unemployed, February 7th, 2015, time and location to be forth coming


Where Have We Been? Where are we going?

Rosa and Raymond Park Institute finishes the last quarter of the year holding voter /water rights forums, weathering the cold at an election rally for 2014 vote, getting our website back up and running and planning for the new year.

Here are a few photos from where we’ve been over these last few months:

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Our water forum was a great event and here is a look at out flyer!