The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography
2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians
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The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement
Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks’s politics and years of activism. She shows readers how this civil rights movement radical sought—for more than a half a century—to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.
The Story We Did Not Know About Rosa Parks
5 facts about Rosa Parks and the movement she helped spark
All people should be treated equally, right? Thankfully, there are some amazing people who have done incredible things to fight for equality. One such person was a civil rights activist called Rosa Parks. Her mother was a teacher and her father a carpenter, and she had a little brother called Sylvester. Rosa loved to learn and studied hard at high school.
Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, December 1, , triggered a wave of protest December 5, that reverberated throughout the United States. Her quiet courageous act changed America, its view of black people and redirected the course of history. Her brother, Sylvester McCauley, now deceased, was born August 20, Later, the family moved to Pine Level, Alabama where Rosa was reared and educated in the rural school. She, however, was unable to graduate with her class, because of the illness of her grandmother Rose Edwards and later her death.
The United States Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Blake 's order to relinquish her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger, after the whites-only section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation, but the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP believed that she was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws. Parks' prominence in the community and her willingness to become a controversial figure inspired the black community to boycott the Montgomery buses for over a year, the first major direct action campaign of the post-war civil rights movement. Her case became bogged down in the state courts, but the federal Montgomery bus lawsuit Browder v. Gayle succeeded in November
He now works as a freelance writer in Florida. Rosa Parks has been called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement," thanks to her courageous refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery bus in Alabama on December 1, Her act of defiance, and the bus boycott that followed, became a key symbol of the American Civil Rights Movement. Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4, Her mother was a teacher and her father was a carpenter. When her parents split, Parks went to live in Pine Level, just outside the state capital, Montgomery, with her mother. There were buses to take white children to school, but black students were expected to walk.