Rosa Parks, GivingTuesday, World AIDS Day, and Psy

01 December, 2015

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Remembering Rosa Parks

On December 1, 1955, an African-American woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat at the front of a city bus. She became an icon in the Civil Rights movement in America.

Today is the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks standing up to racism. Many people used social media to remember the role she played in American history:

Many on Twitter also remarked on Rosa Park's impact in today's Black Lives Matter movement.


December 1 was also #GivingTuesday. The day of giving follows America's two biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

#GivingTuesday encourages people to volunteer or donate to charities and nonprofit organizations. The 24-hour online movement started in 2012. It uses social media to inspire people to give.

The hashtag #unselfie goes along with #GivingTuesday. Twitter users post messages or photos to tell what causes or organizations they supported on #GivingTuesday. #Unselfie is a play on the word "selfie" and is meant to represent generosity.

World AIDS Day

Around the world on December 1, people marked World AIDS Day. On social media, images of red ribbons took over news feeds. Red ribbons are a symbol of support for people living with HIV. Thirty-seven million people around the world are living with the disease.

The World AIDS Day organization created the hashtag #RethinkHIV. It also created social media posts for people to share, in hopes of helping people better understand HIV.  


Three years after his viral music video Gangnam Style, South Korean pop star Psy is back in the spotlight.

He released a new video, Daddy, on Monday. His new album came out on Tuesday. It is called "Psy 7th album."

Like Gangnam Style the lyrics of Psy's new songs are in English and Korean. Fans call his Daddy video just as crazy as his 2012 viral hit.

Daddy received 6 million views on YouTube in 24 hours. Although those are impressive numbers, Psy told AFP he thinks there's "no chance" that Daddy will reach the success of Gangnam Style.

Gangnam Style was the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views. Today, it is still the most-watched YouTube video ever.

And that's What's Trending Today.

I'm Ashley Thompson.


Words on This Story


nonprofit - adj. not done for the purpose of making money

cause - nsomething (such as an organization, belief, idea, or goal) that a group or people support or fight for

generosity - n. the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish

viral - adj. relating to or involving an image, video, piece of information, etc., that is circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another.