On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat to a white passenger on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This act inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by a young Martin Luther King, Jr., and began a movement that ended legal segregation in America.
Join us Monday, February 4, at noon for a special program celebrating her centennial year.
William S. Pretzer introduces the 2002 documentary Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks (40 mins.) Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The program is free! Enter through the “Special Events” extrance on Constitution Avenue. Doors open at 6:30. Take the Green/Yellow Metro lines to the “Archives” stop.
Image: Rosa Parks at the ceremony awarding her the Congressional Gold Medal, June 15, 1999. William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, National Archives
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If You Think ‘Breaking Bad’ Is Edgy, You Obviously Haven’t Seen Nam June Paik’s ‘Magnet TV’
When Nam June Paik broke into television in the early 1960s, he didn’t have the most propitious background. His training was as an avant-garde composer, with a reputation for assaulting audiences. Network television, on the other hand, was the ultimate populist medium, where Bonanza and The Beverly Hillbillies competed for ratings. So Paik didn’t even attempt to woo studio executives. Instead he bought some old TV sets and literally broke into their casing. Hacking the electronics, he put the TVs on display, their pictures more distorted than Surrealist paintings.