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Rosa Parks: My Story [Paperback]

Rosa Parks , Jim Haskins
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Jan. 25 1999
Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable. "The simplicity and candor of this courageous woman's voice makes these compelling events even more moving and dramatic." ? Publishers Weekly, starred review

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"The simplicity and candor of this courageous woman's voice make [her life story] even more moving and dramatic," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 10-up.
- even more moving and dramatic," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 4-6-- This well-known story is considerably refreshed by Parks's personal narrative, punctuated by numerous black-and-white photographs. In simple, gracious, compelling language she describes her childhood, family life, and elusive educational opportunities. She explains how her husband encouraged and supported her participation in civil rights activities, and provides with clarity the generally paltry regard for the contributions of black women by the movement's organizers. In this recounting of her life, she corrects some media-created distortions of events. Her references to so many people may overwhelm some readers at times, but this does not diminish the overall impact of a wonderful, warm autobiography.
- Helen E. Williams, formerly at University of Maryland, College Park
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Woman June 3 2002
Format:Paperback
Rosa Parks was a Black woman who lived in a time of unequality. Blacks were being treated as though they were lower and were lost of the many priveleges that white people had. Well, Rosa Parks didn't let what they thought get in her way. She stood for what she believed in and stuck by it all the way. By refusing to sit at the end of the bus, Rosa showed me how strong, independent, daring, and brave she was. She knew of the consequences yet it didn't stop her. I really admire her.
This book came across me after my friend Catherine read it and recommended it to me. She told me that it was a good book and that I should read it. She told me that it would touch my heart and would help me see Rosa Parks in a different way. Seeing the cover, I knew that it would talk about one of the most important events of her life-the incident at the bus.
I enjoyed this book very much. My favorite part was when she refused to sit at the back of the bus.She demonstrated acts of bravery and courage. She showed them that she was equal and that no one had the right to treat them differently. That event also proved that small acts can make big differences in the world. One little protest made a positive change in the way of the world. This helped me want to be more active in our world. I realized that the blacks had to go through so much to be where they are today. It helped me appreciate them more. This book should be read by everyone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Story May 29 2002
Format:Hardcover
Rosa Parks tells the story of her life through amazing passages in her own autobiography. Rosa was born on Feb. 4, 1913 in Tuskegee Alabama. She entered school in Pine Level in 191, where her mother taught. In 1924, she attended school in Montgomery, but leaves 4 years after to take care of her mother and grandmother. Rosa married Raymond Parks in Dec. in 1932, and encouraged her get her high school degree, which she received in 1933. Finally, in 1943, she became Secretary of the NAACP, and it wasn't until then that she met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was inspired to go with the Civil Rights movement. She's probably most famous for what she did on that Montgomery bus; she stayed in her seat and didn't budge even when they threatened to arrest her.
Rosa has a strong character and a will to succeed. She was determined to stand up for herself, accepting the consequences. What she did on the bus displayed a power that most people don't have. Instead of giving in to what seemed was the easy way out, Rosa took the high road and stood her ground. She could have taken it easy and just moved back a seat, but she didn't budge. Segregation was a big issue back then, but many people had different opinions. It was because of Rosa that the Civil Rights Movement started, beginning with the Montgomery Bus Boycott she started.
Although her life shows her strong will, the hardest thing she must have done was stay on that bus. She willed up enough strength and courage to stand her ground. All she had to do was give up her seat to a white man; it was the law. The law said white people were above colored, which of course, isn't true. Thanks to the inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she knew what she had to do. She stayed on that bus and allowed them to arrest her. She started the Montgomery Bus Boycott because of this, which led into the Civil Rights Movement. Still, her stand on the bus was my favorite part from her autobiography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Mrs. Parks Jan. 8 2001
By David
Format:Hardcover
This great autobiography by "the mother of civil rights" is written with young people in mind, but is enlightening reading for all ages and races. This simply told story at once holds within it the truth of our history and the hopes of our future. Mrs. Parks was a reluctant revolutionary - often the greatest kind - who had nothing more in mind that fateful day than sitting down on the bus when she felt tired - not so much physically tired as tired of giving in to the racism of her time. Her simple act of courage, to say "no," sent waves across this land of ours that are still being heard today. Thank you Mrs. Parks for all you have done. I hope everyone will know your story and continue to do the work you and so many other brave souls began for us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ROSA PARKS STORY Feb. 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This story is about a black women in the days of segrigashon who was sent to jell for not following the rules. It all started when rosa parks refused toget up for a white man and the polic decided to take this inisent lady away. But not any black person blame her for what she did but they did say it was her falt she was in jailin the first place. But you can't realy blame her she was tired of giving in to the whites because they were so cruel to blacks and she was not going to take it any more so she broke the unfear rules and she dicided to make her own. Later on rosa parks started a boycotand changed the lives of millions of black people and thats A great african americn moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good story about a strong woman. June 4 1999
Format:Paperback
Rosa Parks: My Story is about this lady named Rosa Parks. She refused to move to the back of the bus. She went to jail because she refused to move to the back of the bus. Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee and was named Rosa after her grandmother, Rose. What I liked about the story was that she had the courage to stand up to the white people and policemen. What I didn't like was that the police had to take Rosa to jail, but they didn't want to. They said it was wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rosa Parks: My Story
I personally thought that this book was very interesting. It gave me a view of what it was like to be in her shoes. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars the rosa parks story
Rosas life story is amazing how she puts every detail on how the blacks were treated(like dirt!) If you want to know more about the amazing story of Rosa Parks, who refused to move... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Uplifting Book about What's Right
Rosa Parks has always been a Very Important Figure in My Daily Life.She is Ground-Breaking.it takes a Person to come out&say Enough is Enough. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2000 by mistermaxxx08
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosa parks was a women that stood up for what she belived in
Rosa was a person of pride and dignity and stood up for what she belived in and she belived that blacks and whites should have the same rights and she has made a big impression on... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good Biagrophy to read about Black History
The title of my book is "Rosa Parks:My Story".The story takes place in the South.The most interisting factin the beginning of the book is that rosa lived through... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent portrait of humanities struggle for moral goodness
a nice book, easy to read and understand. A great message and insight into Rosa's story. Well worth reading but can be read in an hour. Read more
Published on June 17 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good i would recommmend it to someone
I thought this book was very interesting and fun to read. It was a little boring at the beginning when she talks about her ancestors but it got better.
Published on May 2 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars "4 Stars"
This book lets all of the African Americans know the sruggle that many went through in order to get where we are today. Rosa Parks is a wonderful person. Read more
Published on April 27 1998
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