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Rosa Parks’ Birthday Celebration Should Be Vegetarian—Just Like Her

Written by Michelle Kretzer | January 23, 2013

Rosa Parks is remembered as one of the most fearless civil rights activists in history. So it’s fitting that her birthday, February 4, has been deemed the National Day of Courage, when we are all encouraged to raise our voices against injustice.

The Henry Ford Museum in the Detroit area, where Parks spent the latter half of her life, plans to pay tribute to her with a day of special events. But the museum overlooked an important detail: Parks didn’t harm animals for food. She was a vegetarian. And a celebration of her life and her legacy should be, too. So PETA raised our voices and asked the museum to honor all of Parks’ convictions by serving vegetarian food.

Parks is, of course, best known for her work to end segregation and racism. But like her friend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Parks soon broadened her base to advocate for all socially disadvantaged people. And she, like Dr. King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, and his son, Dexter Scott King, went on to embrace other disadvantaged species. Believing that animals should also be free from being subjugated and abused, Parks became a vegetarian and King’s widow and son both went vegan.

Not only did Rosa Parks refuse to give up her seat on the bus, she also refused to go along with the idea that it’s OK to inflict suffering on others for her own ends. In honoring her legacy, we should do the same.  

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  • Dan Brook says:

    To increase the peace, promote social justice, and honor Rosa Parks, go veg! For more information about the *many* benefits of vegetarianism/veganism, and the many problems with eating meat, please visit Eco-Eating at

  • MSSeatown says:

    We’ll see how that works out, probably will be a riot if there’s no fried chicken.

  • MSSeatown says:

    We’ll see how that works out, probably will be a riot if there’s no fried chicken.

  • Coral says:

    I agree, this day should be vegetarian. Im already vegetarian, so im going to go vegan that day.

  • Destinee Denham says:

    I definitely will go vegan

  • Vasu Murti says:

    My friend Chris Hull once asked rhetorically: “Which was worse: Hitler’s genocide of the Jews or our genocide of the Native Americans?” As an animal activist, I’ve never understood how opponents of one particular social injustice can be blind to another social injustice… the mistreatment of animals!