On February 4, Black Studies professors Thekima Mayasa and Candace Katungi led a special
Libation and Appreciation Ceremony to commemorate Rosa Parks’ 103rd birthday.
The libation ceremony – a ritual pouring of a liquid as an offering to a god or spirit,
or in memory of those who have died – involved pouring water into the rose vessel
at the Rosa Parks Transit Center built in 2010 to commemorate Mrs. Parks’ relationship
and visits to Mesa College in the 1990s.
“One of the aspects of the African tradition is honoring our ancestors with everything
that we begin,” said Mayasa during the ceremony to Mesa students, staff, faculty,
and media. “I think it’s most appropriate as the semester begins, in our first two
weeks, that we give honor and respect to this amazing woman who had the courage to
make a difference.”
“Rosa Parks did so much for civil rights,” said student Deka Gedleh. “To be able to
acknowledge her during Black history month means a lot.”
Tags: Black Studies, Rosa Parks, Black History Month