A Woman Could Be Replacing Jackson on the $20 Bill

President Andrew Jackson could be getting the boot from the $20 if a legislative bill that puts a historical female icon in his place gets passed. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Women on the Twenty Act, which would call for a “panel of citizens” to advise Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on finding a… » 4/15/15 10:35pm 4/15/15 10:35pm

Remembering the Real Rosa For Her Birthday

It was Rosa Parks' birthday yesterday and I was reminded of how frustrating the lesson you get on her in grade school is. The story that she was an old lady that just then and there decided to not get up from her bus seat because she was exhausted from work. She comments on this in her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My… » 2/05/14 8:55pm 2/05/14 8:55pm

Stephen Colbert Bravely Defends the Useless Art of Cursive

Recently, the Department of Education released a new set of common core standards that will no longer require schools to teach students how to write in cursive. Oh, no! Now how are precocious young girls supposed to portray accuracy when they stay up late writing old-timey plays as they pretend to be Jo from Little… » 12/05/13 11:10am 12/05/13 11:10am

White Dude Trying to Shut Down Government Compares Self to Rosa Parks

I can totally understand a person consciously trying to not pay attention to Congress lately; everyone knows that the best way to deal with a child throwing a tantrum is to refuse to reward them with attention. But we've gotten to the point where the Congressional toddler is holding his breath and threatening to pass… » 9/20/13 4:20pm 9/20/13 4:20pm

Rosa Parks' Institute Upset At Attempted Rape Revelation

The publication of parts of Rosa Parks' archive, specifically a letter in which she describes an attempted rape by her employer, has angered members of the Institute she founded. Parks wrote of the encounter, "I was trapped and helpless. I was hurt and sickened through with anger and disgust." (Previously it was… » 8/04/11 6:42pm 8/04/11 6:42pm

Odetta, "Queen Of American Folk Music," Dead At 77

Odetta, the singer whom Rosa Parks adored and Martin Luther King Jr. called the queen of American folk music, died yesterday at the age of 77. She was, by all accounts, a legend, with a powerful voice, and the prison songs and work songs of the Deep South shaped her life. Odetta sang at the march on Washington in… » 12/03/08 11:00am 12/03/08 11:00am