Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development

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The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development was created in honor of Rosa Parks' husband, Raymond Parks (1903 - 1977). The Institute was co-founded in February 1987[1] by Rosa Parks and her long-time friend Elaine Eason Steele. It is located in Detroit, Michigan.[2] The purpose of the institute was to "educate and motivate youth and adults, particularly African American persons, for self and community betterment." [3]


Park's husband wanted young people to get involved in community development. Different programs were developed like Pathways to Freedom[4] which taught youth about every thing from the underground railroad to the civil rights movement. These programs also taught life skills and community interaction. Each program was a five-week period that took place over the summer.

In the past years staff and leaders have participated in helping young students give their talents to organizations like the Freedom Writers. These programs have gone on in helping youth return to schools for drop-out status and getting involved in their communities[5]

The Rosa Parks Institute has made a large donation to the Save Owasippe movement. They plan to build a base camp for "Pathways to Freedom" in Muskegon.


  1. ^ B., Mustard, David (2003). Racial justice in America : a reference handbook. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. p. 132. ISBN 9781576072141. OCLC 53165677.
  2. ^ "Contact Us." ''Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. (retrieved 26 Aug 2010)
  3. ^ Mayoras, Danielle and Andy. "Rosa Parks' Final Wishes, Ignored for Years, Are Finally Restored". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  4. ^ News, A. B. C. (2005-10-25). "Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks Dead at Age 92". ABC News. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
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