Erwin-Penland Makes Upstanding Gesture

Adweek: The front row of seats on 15 public transportation buses in Greenville, S.C., bear black ribbons in memory of Rosa Parks, the Alabama cleaning woman who helped spark the civil rights movement by refusing to surrender her bus seat to a white man.
The ribbons carry the message, “Sometimes you have to sit down to stand up for something,” and will remain on the bus seats through the end of this week. The work was conceived, created and financed by Erwin-Penland, an Interpublic Group advertising agency in Greenville.
Parks died Oct. 24 at the age of 92. Fifty years ago, she was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., for violating a law that required African Americans to sit in the back of buses. In response, the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system that evolved into the civil rights movement.
Parks also was honored this week by becoming the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.