Monthly Archives: January 2008

Rosa Parks

Name: Rosa Parks
Dates: 1913-2005
Rosa Parks is often called the “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement.”

In Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950’s, African-Americans were not allowed to ride in the first 10 rows of city buses (typical of similar laws in the segregated South). On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus when ordered to do so by the white driver. Parks was arrested for this refusal, and her act of peaceful resistance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A Supreme Court decision in 1956 struck down the state and city segregation laws.

Parks became an icon in the civil rights movement, but worked as a seamstress until 1965, when she joined the staff of Michigan representative John Conyers, for whom she worked until 1988. Rosa Parks died in 2005 at the age of ninety-two.

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(Yes, today is Martin Luther King Day, but I already posted MLK on his actual birthday, January 15.)

LEGO appoints Tormod Askildsen head of community development [News]

News from Billund:

The LEGO Group is boosting its support of the LEGO Community by appointing Tormod Askildsen as the new dedicated Head of LEGO Community Development. Tormod takes over from Richard Stollery who will now focus on the LEGO Club and other consumer loyalty programs. Richard says ”I’ve only been the Head for one year and I hope I’ve kept the seat warm for Tormod who is the greatest ambassador for the Community. It’s good news that we are identifying more dedicated resources to developing the Community. It’s been a privilege to attend, meet and speak with members of the Community across Europe and the United States at a variety of events in 2007 and I would like to thank organizers and attendees alike for being so welcoming. I will continue to attend Community events and support Tormod in developing the Community as part of the CED (Community, Education and Direct) Division within the LEGO Group.

Tormod, who has been heading up the LEGO Factory project for the past year, has previously been responsible for interaction with the many LEGO Community groups as well as the LEGO Club and programs like the FIRST LEGO League. Going forward his focus will be fully dedicated to stimulating the growth and exposure of the LEGO Community. Tormod says: “The LEGO Community is quite unique – it consist of people of all ages from all over the world who have one thing in common; they like LEGO for what LEGO is”, – and continues “the community of Adult LEGO Hobbyists has a special status with the LEGO Group as a source for creative inspiration among LEGO employees as well as among LEGO loving kids and families who are exposed to their events and innovative LEGO creations”. Together with Tormod, Jan Beyer and Steve Witt makes up the LEGO Community team. Jan and Tormod are based in Billund, Denmark and Steve is based in Enfield, CT, USA.

Tormod Askildsen and Richard Stollery

Winona LaDuke

Name: Winona LaDuke
Dates: Born in 1959
Winona LaDuke is an economist, Native American activist, environmentalist, and writer.

After graduating from Harvard with a degree in rural economic development in 1982, LaDuke became the principal of the high school on the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) reservation in Minnesota (LaDuke herself is part Anishinaabe). She soon became involved in the struggle to regain land promised by an 1867 treaty. When the case was dismissed, she led the effort to buy back thousands of acres of lost land.

The author of both fiction and non-fiction books, LaDuke has been an outspoken critic of the United States government’s abuses of its land and native peoples. In 1996 and again in 2000, LaDuke ran as the Green Party candidate for the office of Vice President.

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