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A dramatic retelling of the life of Rosa Parks. October 25, 2005. Runtime: 8:26 minutes.
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: Boston: Beacon Press, 2013
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.
She Would Not Be Moved: How We Tell the Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Herbert R. Kohl and Cynthia Stokes Brown; Introduction by Marian Wright Edelman
Publication Date: New York: The New Press, 2007
My Story by Rosa Parks; Jim Haskins
Publication Date: 1999-01-01
Although this book is primarily targeted for young people, it was added here because it contains the thoughts and words of Rosa Parks as she tells her story. Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable. "The simplicity and candor of this courageous woman's voice makes these compelling events even more moving and dramatic."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Interview with Rosa Parks conducted for Eyes on the Prize I. Discussion centers on life in Montgomery, her decision to refuse to comply with segregation on the bus line, and the bus boycott." 1985. Runtime: 35:35.
This video is narrated by a variety of Library of Congress staff who worked with the donated Rosa Parks collection. They explain the variety of materials, the preservation of the materials, and the value of the materials. This video informs researchers of the diverse documents within the collection. Runtime: 33:20.