About the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development

Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development (www.rosaparks.org) is a non-profit organization founded by Mrs. Rosa Parks in 1987 with Ms. Elaine Eason Steele, in honor of her husband Raymond (1903-1977). Both Rosa and Raymond Parks motivated youth to reach their highest potential in an environment of peace. The history of the Institute and its accomplishments are a part of Mrs. Parks’ life as a civil rights leader, world icon and private citizen. The Institute’s programs are based on her philosophy of “Quiet Strength”, where youth learn or improve practical, academic and social skills. Respect for the global community (emphasis on home and neighborhood) is encouraged. Pathways to Freedom, Pathways to Peace and the Rosa Parks Learning Center are the programs that lift the mission/philosophy for youth, ages 11-17.

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