The Trojans rallied to take the final two games of the final series of the regular season against South Alabama to claim the Sun Belt
Conference title and the No. 1 seed going into the conference tournament.
TROY received at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, landing the No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee Regional. The Trojans defeated
Alabama twice during the weekend before falling to host team Florida State in the Regional Championship round, finishing the season
with a 42-20 record.
The season included an 18-game home winning streak by the Trojans and a milestone win for Coach Bobby Pierce. Pierce picked
up his 900th career win on March 17 as the Trojans defeated South Alabama 8-7.
In addition, several Trojans earned honors for their performance on the field this season.
Georgette Norman, director of Troy University’s Rosa Parks
Museum at the Montgomery Campus, was among the many
people who gathered in Washington, D.C., in February to watch
as a statue of Rosa Parks was dedicated inside the nation’s
Statuary Hall. Watching along with Troy University Trustee Lamar
P. Higgins as the statue was unveiled, depicting the Civil Rights
icon seated in contrast to the other standing statues, Norman had
one thought in mind—this former seamstress from Montgomery
has come a long way.
In the immediate aftermath of the Bus Boycott, Parks faced
continued scorn and hostility from many people, Norman said.
She lost her job and had to leave the city, but now sits honored in
the nation’s Capital alongside the founding fathers.
“That’s a hell of a leap,” Norman said.
“In the Hall of Statues, there are other blacks there, but Mrs.
Parks is just so different from those folks because what she did
was a single act of defiance – it was peaceful, but what she did
was to give people the confidence to stand up for what is right,”
Higgins said. “Unfortunately the consequences of doing that
is not going to always be positive – she was arrested, she had
to move from Montgomery, she couldn’t find work – but she
did it, and was still as humble as she was when a seamstress at
Montgomery Ward department store.”
Rosa Parks would have turned 100 this year—on Feb. 4—and
even as she is rightly honored by observances around the world,
Norman hopes that Parks is not merely rememberd as an icon,
but that her actions aboard a bus on in 1955 still have meaning
“I hope we don’t forget why she is honored the way she is,”
Norman said. “Do young people really understand? Because this
is really about what it means to do the right thing as opposed to
the expedient thing.”
The Rosa Parks Museum celebrated Parks’ 100th birthday
with a number of special events during the spring semester,
including a celebration event on Feb. 4 that featured an
unveiling of the new Parks commemorative stamp by U.S.
Postal Service officials, a reading by National Book Award-
wining poet Nikki Finney and remarks from Cornell University
professor and Montgomery native Dr. Riche Richardson. The
event drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Gold Room at
the Montgomery Campus, overlooking the very spot where
Parks was arrested.
But of all this year’s special events, Norman is most excited
about the ongoing “Rosa Parks 100th Birthday Wishes Project,”
an initiative designed to collect “wishes” for community
improvement from people around the world to turn them into
works of art.
The project has, to date, collected more than 16,000 wishes,
mainly from children and young adults, expressing a desire for
social and economic changes in their communities inspired by
the life and vision of Rosa Parks. Norman said she has been
amazed with how the project has resonated with people.
As Rosa Parks is honored throughout her centennial year,
Norman said she hopes the message at the heart of Parks’ act
of courage is not forgotten by future generations.
“All of us can be change agents when we allow ourselves to
act,” she said.
As for the new statute in Washington, D.C., Norman said
she is glad Parks has a place of honor alongside other important
figures in American history.
“There is something about having Martin Luther King, Jr.
out on the national mall, standing, almost serene, and her in the
statuary hall, sitting, very poised,” Norman said.
Rosa Parks Stamp unveiled by U.S. Postal Service and University officials during a ceremony
in February at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus.