February 1, 2016

Mesa Celebrates Rosa Parks

By Office of Communications

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