On Thursday, April 5, Georgia Institute of Technology will host a special ceremony to unveil a statue of Rosa Parks and honor the civil rights movement at Georgia Tech.

The ceremony is free and open to the public. The program starts at 2 p.m. (Harrison Square, 675 Cherry Street NW, Atlanta, GA).

Following the unveiling, a reception honoring Mr. Rod and Michelle Adkins is planned for 2:45 pm.

In the 13th anniversary of Rosa Parks’s death, and more than 60 years since her act of defiance inspired a movement,the Adkins’s have found a new way to honor the iconic activist by funding a sculpture designed by Martin Dawe and installed in the public area in Harrison Square, near Tech Tower and Cherry Street, Georgia Tech announced via its website this week.

“Rod and Michelle Adkins are hoping the piece will inspire current and future generations of Tech students to learn more about Rosa Parks and the movement she helped to foment and to discover their own courage as they make their way in the world,” wrote Stacy Braukman of the Georgia Institute of Technology Institute Communications.

Adkins, the 2007 Black Engineer of the Year, is president of 3RAM Group LLC, a private company specializing in capital investments, business consulting and property management services.

In 1981, Adkins graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with his B.S. degree in electrical engineering. He then received his B.A. degree in physics from Rollins College in 1982, and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1983 from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Michelle Adkins, executive director of the 3RAM group, is a retired internal auditor and former CPA. She earned an Industrial Management degree from Georgia Tech.

The USBE magazine thumbnail above shows Rod and Michelle and their family as sponsors of the IBM Black Family Technology Week in 2000.

Please RSVP by March 29 rsvp.gatech.edu/artsattech


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