Project Description

Black History Live

Actor and scholar Becky Stone will portray Rosa Parks in Colorado communities February 23 – March 3 as part of Colorado Humanities’ Black History Live tour. This living history portrayal will give insight into how and why Rosa Parks prepared for her pivotal act of resistance. Performances are followed with a question and answer time with Stone in character as Rosa Parks, and then with Becky herself.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Ms. Stone became a storyteller upon moving South. She holds a B.A. in Drama from Vassar College and a M.A. from Villanova University in Elementary Educational Counseling. Her acting credits include Lime Kiln Arts Theater, VA; Warehouse Theatre, Greenville SC; Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater, Asheville Community Theatre, Highland Repertory Theatre, Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater in Asheville and Merida, Mexico, and Asheville on Broadway. Ms. Stone has also presented at North Carolina and Colorado Humanities Chautauqua festivals and Black History Live tours as Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks.

Becky says, “There had always been an uneasy truce between black and white folks in the South. Emancipation granted citizenship to black Americans, but white Americans ended all progress by returning to slave-master protocol that was enforced by Jim Crow law. These laws went beyond segregation. They were designed to make black people feel inferior and whites, superior. By 1955, black Southerners had been oppressed as much as they could allow. They needed the right person to say, ‘No more.’  That person was Rosa Parks.”

Tour Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public, thanks to our partners and sponsors.

Monday, 2/24    2:00 p.m.
Platteville Public Library
504 Marion Ave.
Platteville, 80651

Monday, 2/24    7:00 p.m.
University of Northern Colorado, Brown Hall
Centennial Hall Meeting Room
901 19th St.Greeley, 80631

Tuesday, 2/25
University of Northern Colorado

Tuesday, 2/25    2:00 p.m.
Greeley Active Adult Center
1010  6th St.
Greeley, 80631

Wednesday, 2/26
Greeley Central High School

Wednesday, 2/26    7:00 p.m.
Erie Community Center
450 Powers St.
Erie, 80516

Thursday, 2/27    11:00 a.m.
Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus
Longs Peak Student Center
4616 S. Shields St.
Ft. Collins, 80526

Thursday, 2/27    6:00 p.m.
Koelbel Library
5955 S. Holly St.
Centennial, 80121

Friday, 2/28    10:00 a.m.    $5 admission
Windsor Gardens, Community Center
595 S. Clinton St.
Denver, 80247

Friday, 2/28    2:00 p.m.
Bemis Public Library
6014 Datura St.
Littleton, 80120

Saturday, 2/29    10:00 a.m.
Aurora Central Library
14949 E. Alameda Pkwy.
Aurora, 80012

Sunday, 3/1    2:00 p.m.
Steeple Event Center
701 Macon Ave.
Cañon City, 81212

Tuesday, 3/3    12:30 p.m.
Community College of Aurora
Fine Arts Building, Room F100
16000 E. CenterTech Pkwy.
Aurora, 80011

To plan next year’s program at your college, school or library, please contact Program Coordinator Gina Huett at or 303.894.7951 x13.

In addition to the free programs listed above, Colorado Humanities will host a special ticketed event called D.I.N.E. (Dinner, Ideas ‘N Exchange) featuring Rosa Parks portrayed by Becky Stone. The late lunch will be February 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 7401 South Clinton Street in Englewood.

Reservations are required. Visit our online stone to purchase tickets in advance.
For more information Colorado Humanities at 303.894.7951 x 10.

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Black History in Action

For our 2017 Black History Live tour, Becky Stone portrayed Harriet Tubman, showing audiences how one woman became an abolitionist who led hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad, a Union spy during the American Civil War, and one of America’s most beloved humanitarians.

2018’s Malcom X

Read about 2018’s Malcolm X portrayal here.

Interested in more information? Contact Gina Huett at 303.894.7951 x13 or

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