The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is more than a title of her biography. It merely describes her life in the shortest and simplest way possible, although this women was anything but simple. Rebellious is defined as opposing or defying authority. This is exactly who and what Mrs. Rosa Parks was. She was a rebel. Most of Society pictures Rosa Parks as a simple women who just happened to do the right thing at the right time. The reality that Theoharis places in your mind is much more intriguing as it proves Rosa Parks’ involvement in the movement was enormous for years before her well known stand on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This story tells of her initial involvement in the Civil Rights movement well before the famous bus incident and tells of her many financial and psychological sacrifices she faced along the way. The book shows in depth her battle against the injustice that the Jim Crow laws of the South during the civil rights era brought to her doorstep. Neither her arrest, her trial, nor her later widespread exaltation are the base of this book. The Montgomery Bus Boycott that supervened her arrest is the center of the story. The first few chapters gave the background on Mrs. Rosa Parks and her activism. From the personal story of her early years, the wider context of the civil rights movement before her arrest, and the story of her historic ride on the bus itself. The last few chapters go into the aftermath of her suffering, her experience of the black freedom struggle in Detroit during the 1950’s and 1960’s, and her life during the black power era of the 1970’s and beyond. The center of the book is the boycott and the community’s reaction to an activist’s principled challenge to oppression. Jeanne Theoharis is a professor at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She teaches political science. She received an AB in Afro-American

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