This definitive biography of Rosa Parks accessibly examines her six decades of activism, challenging young readers 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 performed a single act that sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and birthed the modern civil rights movement, Jeanne Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks' politics and decades of activism. She shows readers how the movement radically 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 and how Rosa Parks was a key player throughout.
The original text is fully adapted by the award-winning young adult author Brandy Colbert, for middle-grade and young adult readers to include archival images and personal papers of Rosa Parks, and to provide the necessary historical context to bring the multi-faceted, decades long civil rights movement to life. Colbert creates an engaging and comprehensive narrative centered on Parks' life of activism, to encourage readers not only to question where and who their history comes, but to search for histories beyond the dominant narratives.
About the Author
Jeanne Theoharis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of City University of New York and the author or co-author of numerous books on civil rights, the politics of race, and social welfare in America, including the widely acclaimed biography The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, The Nation, The Root, Slate, The Intercept, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Connect with her on Twitter (@JeanneTheoharis).
Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of Little & Lion, Finding Yvonne, Pointe, and The Revolution of Birdie Randolph. She is on faculty at Hamline University's MFA program in writing for children, and lives in Los Angeles.Connect with her at brandycolbert.com and on Twitter (@brandycolbert).