US Consul General marks Rosa Parks Day with pupils


Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, US Consul General in Northern Ireland, met pupils at Harding Memorial Primary School in South East Belfast on Tuesday (04 February) to help mark Rosa Parks Day. Rosa Parks was an activist in the American civil rights movement known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott.

US Consul General marks Rosa Parks Day with pupilsMs Kennedy Trudeau was joined at Harding Memorial PS by Baroness May Blood, Campaign Chair of the IEF and Fund staff Paul Caskey and Jill Caskey. The guests were welcomed to the school by principal Stephen Cumper, Gerry Fleming, chair of the board of governors, and a delegation of pupils with strong family connections to the US.

Ms Kennedy Trudeau took the opportunity to chat informally with some of the youngest pupils at the school then visited the P7 classroom to watch a lesson on Rosa Parks. The visitors enjoyed presentations on the topic developed and delivered by every pupil in the class using i-pads and displayed on the whiteboard.

US Consul General marks Rosa Parks Day with pupilsIn 2019, an overwhelming majority of parents at Harding Memorial PS voted to support the school transforming to integrated status and the Consul-General was very interested to hear about the school’s commitment to developing towards official integration and the Harding Memorial community’s progress along this path.

If you have a child born between July 2015 and today, you can support the school by completing an Expression of Interest (EOI) form here.