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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Rosa Parks speaking at award ceremony at Soka University, Hachioji-shi, Japan, ca. May 1994. Photograph. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (068.00.00)

Soka University

In January 1993 Rosa Parks was introduced to Buddhist philosopher and poet Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, the president of Soka University, on the American campus in Calabasas, California. She accepted Ikeda’s May 1994 invitation to its sister campus in Japan to receive an honorary degree from the university he founded. At one event thousands of Soka University students stood up, joined hands, and sang “We Shall Overcome” in English. Rosa was moved to tears.