Rosa Parks: My Story, Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins



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  1. Kylie C. Says:

    Rosa Parks My Story is an autobiography written by Rosa Parks. In the beginning of the book, Rosa talks about her childhood in Montgomery, Alabama. She describes her memories of how blacks were treated in the south, and how her family was always prepared for Ku Klux Klan threats. At this time, most blacks took the abuse but, Rosa’s family was different, they didn’t tolerate the injustices. Rosa was taught to stand up for what she believed in. Blacks and whites were segregated, they went to different schools, drank out of different water fountains and had to sit in different spots on the bus. Rosa’s intolerance of this abuse was only the beginning of her life as an activist. As a young woman, she joined the NAACP and ended segregation in schools. Rosa’s main victory in getting people to realize the injustice was on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested on a city bus because she refused to give up her seat for a white passenger. She was bailed from jail, and the NAACP used this opportunity to use Rosa as an example of unfair arrest due to the segregation law. This book then goes on to explain the trouble Rosa went through after her first arrest. After her arrest the NAACP announced that all African Americans were going to boycott the bus system. Less and less people rode the bus system, the boycott went on for over a year. As a result many bus routes had to be stopped because of lack of funds. Though many people suffered consequences for not riding the bus, like losing their jobs, or being fined or arrested for boycotting, in the end it was all worth it because the bus segregation laws were changed in favor of the NAACP’s demands. The end of the book describes her adjustment into her new life as a national symbol. There were many difficulties faced in getting whites to accept the blacks’ new rights. Rosa and her family were often threatened by whites. Many of the NAACP leaders had their homes bombed by whites. Rosa and her family decided to move to Detroit in search of a new life; being so popular as an activist in Alabama made it fairly difficult for Rosa and her husband to find new jobs. They eventually do find work in Detroit, and live life rather normally. Rosa and her husband later founded their own organization called the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development, allowing the both of them to assist young people better themselves.
    I recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated with the life of Rosa Parks and her bravery in standing up for what she believed in.

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