As the honorary co-chairperson of Stand’s founding rally in 1996, Rosa Parks memorably said, “If I can sit down for justice, you can stand up for children.”
Just two days ago, on December 1, we recognized the 64th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus. Her powerful act of defiance lives on today and shows how one seemingly small act can make a tremendous difference.
Stand for Children’s name comes from that quote and that rally. I think of her quote often, and it motivates me every day I come to work. It helps me remember how one action by one person can set off a ripple effect that leads to positive change.
I know you received what seems like a million emails today from groups asking for your support on Giving Tuesday. I’d like to add to that this simple request: Stand with us. Stand for children. Stand for education equity and parent engagement.
Together, let’s recognize the giant footsteps we walk in each day, and rededicate ourselves to making the world a better place. One step at a time.