Today we celebrated Rosa Parks’ 107th birthday with a visit to the Carlsen Center at JCCC to watch a performance of “Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks” presented by Mad River Theatre Works. We have attended a previous performance by this same company – Freedom Riders – and thoroughly enjoyed their work.
This engaging retelling of her life story through acting and song was a great way to honor her important civil rights work, as well as kick off Black History Month. It is always wonderful to see the early life experiences behind a famous name, and this show did exactly that. We saw Mrs. Parks grow from childhood to adulthood, and to develop from a young person frustrated by the injustices she saw and experienced to a leading historical figure who actively challenged and changed those injustices. It was inspiring to see how one person, through effort, tenacity, and working with like-minded individuals, was able to affect such important changes.
Many thanks to both JCCC and Mad River Theatre Works for another educational and thought-provoking performance!