The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

By Jeanne Theoharis,

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The basis for the documentary of the same name executive produced by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks premieres on Peacock on October 19.

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work–Biography/Autobiography
 
2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians

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Jeanne Theoharis’s work takes on the mainstream narrative of the civil rights movement by highlighting Rosa Parks’ long career as an activist and her commitment to racial equality. Her scholarship provides a window into Parks’ interior life, providing greater depth to a historical figure whose contribution is often reduced to a single act—refusing to give up her seat on a bus. The book offers a nuanced and well-rounded perspective on Black women’s lives. I strive to do the same in my own work.

This brilliant biography completely explodes the myth of Rosa Parks as a tired old seamstress who simply chose not to get up in a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. More than a decade earlier, Parks led protests against white men’s gang rape of a black woman, Mrs. Recy Taylor, demanding the prosecution of those responsible for the brutal crime. Parks was an elected officer in the local NAACP and had attended a program at the labor and radical organizing center, the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, to train in nonviolent civil disobedience before she launched her protest on…

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