The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.
Presenting a powerful corrective to the popular iconography of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who with a single act birthed the modern civil rights movement, scholar Jeanne Theoharis excavates Parks’s political philosophy and six decades of activism. Theoharis masterfully details the political depth of a national heroine who dedicated her life to fighting American inequality and, in the process, resurrects a civil rights movement radical who has been hidden in plain sight far too long.
2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work–Biography/Autobiography // 2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians // Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013