ROSA PARKS by Rosa Parks

ROSA PARKS

My Story
Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Even those familiar with her name will realize on reading this engrossing account how little they really know of Parks's life and the events that surrounded the dawning Civil Rights movement. Setting her historic refusal to give up her seat on a bus in the context of a life that began in 1913 in rural Alabama dramatizes the fact that her action came at a time and place that gave it the force to challenge the rigors of a lopsided system of justice. Few will be unmoved by the tactics employed by whites to disrupt the subsequent boycott; at the center, always, is Parks's dignified, calm recounting of outrages against her and other women and men, giving her words weight and impact as no raw fury could. Like sitting at the knee of an elder with much to tell, reading her story leads to ever more questions (``What was it really like then?'') and shock that such injustices not only existed in the recent past but still linger. B&w photos, chronology, & index not seen. (Autobiography. 10+)

Pub Date: Feb. 3rd, 1992
ISBN: 0-8037-0673-1
Page count: 200pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1991




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