FAMU Professor Serves As Model For Rosa Parks Sculpture in Montgomery

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A Florida A&M University (FAMU) history professor served as the model for a Rosa Parks sculpture unveiled in Montgomery, Ala., on the 64th anniversary of the day Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus.

A former Miss FAMU, Kimberly Brown Pellum, Ph.D., was the model for a sculpture of Parks, whose act of civil disobedience sparked the yearlong Montgomery Bus Boycott. The protest galvanized the civil rights movement that led to the demise of Jim Crow segregation in the South.

“It was a tremendous honor,” said Brown Pellum. “I really can’t put...