Top of page

Exhibition Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. “Racism Is Still with Us, But It Is Up to Us to Prepare Our Children for What They Have to Meet and Hopefully We Shall Overcome. Rosa Louise Parks,” from the series A Strong Commitment to Human Rights, 2013. Letterpress. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. © Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., used by permission (009.00.00)

Rosa Parks: A Strong Commitment to Human Rights

In a series of stained glass-like letterpress posters, artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., presents selected quotes by civil rights pioneer Rosa Louise Parks. Best-known for refusing to relinquish her seat on a segregated bus in 1955, resulting in the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks reportedly spoke these words during a 1998 conversation with Courtland Milloy, as recalled in his 2005 Washington Post article “She Sat Down and Taught Us to Stand Up.”