Charm City will pay homage today to the woman credited with starting the civil rights movement with the Maryland Humanities Council’s “Sitting Down to Take a Stand: Remembering Rosa Parks,” series of events.

At 10:30 a.m., actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand will perform a selection from her one-woman Rosa Parks show, which depicts Parks’ refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Ala., bus in 1955, which led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

MTA buses in downtown Baltimore will reserve the front seat of each bus in honor of Parks and display a timeline of the Montgomery Bus Boycott all day today.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is partnering with MHC to honor Parks legacy with a special exhibition from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at its Orleans Street Branch, located at 1303 Orleans St. in Baltimore. The exhibition will feature a tour of a 1950s bus like the one Parks rode, a display about Parks from the archives of the Afro-American newspaper, and a 1956 radio interview of Parks describing her experiences.

In addition, the Pratt will offer a series of films in January at the Central Library as part of “Sitting Down to Take A Stand.” For film information, visit

For information about “Sitting Down To Take A Stand,” visit the Maryland Humanities Council at or call 410-685-0095.