November 12, 2006

The Native Rosa Parks?

TICAR Event features the “Rosa Parks of Indian Civil Rights Movement”The Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism (TICAR) is once again honoring the heroes and supporters of the effort to remove Indian mascots from sports and public institutions at their second Annual Awards Dinner on November 18th. This year’s guest speaker is Charlene Teters, considered by many the “Rosa Parks” of the American Indian Civil Rights Movement.

Charlene Teters (Spokane Nation) at times single-handedly and often under threat of violence took on the University of Illinois and their mascot Chief Illiniwek. Teters and her historic struggle against institutional racism was captured on film “In Whose Honor.” Today she still speaks on the modern civil rights movement. She is also an international, well-known speaker, has a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Mitchell College, and is a world-renowned artist.

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