NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News was there to celebrate the centennial birthday of a beloved activist for peace and justice. Rose Arky Markham turned 100 years old Sunday.
Rose was born in 1915 in Worcester, but moved to Northampton to work at the VA Hospital in Leeds.
She served in the Woman’s Army Corps in World War Two and devoted much of her life to helping poor children and veterans.
She’s advocated for and against many well-known moments and policies in history.
Her birthday celebration was attended by State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, who told 22News what people can learn for Rose: “Every day you can make a difference. You have to fight for a very long time sometimes before your idea can become reality. But you shouldn’t give up. A good idea started by one person and shared with others can become a movement and eventually that movement can create change.”
Rose Arky Markham is so dedicated to peace, her first date with her husband was at a demonstration against the Vietnam War in New York City.