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Rosa Parks: My Story

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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 st ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1948)
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Lidiana
A nice expose on a historical moment that has been misconstructed so many times by our "white education".
Rebecca
Jan 29, 2013 Rebecca added it
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Interesting look at the emerging Civil Rights movement from one of its primary actors. I had to do a little checking on Wikipedia since some of the names and places were unfamiliar to me. But I enjoyed hearing Rosa Parks' version of the story. Her narrative style is simple, given her limited educational opportunities. She comes across as a woman humbled and grateful to have played a part in history but at the same time, content to give credit to others and stay out of the spotlight except when i ...more
Hayley Jessica
Apr 26, 2012 Hayley Jessica rated it really liked it
I now admire Rosa Parks even more, and have a much deeper respect for her. She was courageous and a very strong (also proud) inspirational women. You must read to understand her bravery. Please the movie si no where close to demonstrate what she had gone through.
Chris
Jul 18, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Read this while I was doing research for my short story, "Conan Vs. Rosa Parks." Went to the Henry Ford Museum the following week and actually sat on the Cleveland Ave. bus in the same seat she sat in.
Helen
Dec 13, 2008 Helen rated it really liked it
It's pretty good.I had to read it for school.At first, I thought it was going to be super boring but it was accually pretty good.
Cherise Mattson
Mar 10, 2008 Cherise Mattson rated it really liked it
i learned that in this book rosa parks did not only stick up for her rights and beliefs, but for her people to.
Molly Gray
Oct 30, 2007 Molly Gray rated it it was amazing
I read this in like 5th grade and absolutely loved it. Opened me eyes to racism and the ability to rise against.
Tyska
Oct 15, 2015 Tyska rated it really liked it
Rosa Parks describes her life from early childhood to her late eighties (1913-1992). It's a very personal account with lots of more or less relevant memories, presented in easy everyday language. I sometimes got the feeling she was sitting right in front of me casually telling her story with the most astounding details, such as what clothes she was wearing during whatever event. She skips through some of the earlier and later years, but explains almost daily events from the years of 1955 and '56 ...more
Chelsi
Jan 14, 2009 Chelsi rated it it was amazing
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks.Main people are Rosa Parks, Marten Luther King JR the event was in Alabama 1950's. In this book the conflict was that immergration and it happened on the bus and a white man came on and she didn't give up her seat to the man and the driver call the police and the police sent her to jail for not giving up her seat. In this is a self Biogrphy This woman is my hero she was so brave not to give up her seat to a white person and she know that she would get in troubl ...more
Mz.Adorable84
Feb 24, 2009 Mz.Adorable84 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Mz.Adorable84 by: myself
This book is like totally amazing and I would not mind reading it over and over again.The main CHARACTER of this book is Rosa Parks McCauley.After all she wrote the book. The setting is mostly in Alabama around the late 1950's, but the most important thing that changed the way we live today is the Bus Boycott that happened in Montgomery, Alabama 1955. What had happened was that she was forced to move and give her seat to white man and she refused to do that because she was tired of giving up fo ...more
Daisy A
Rosa Parks: My Story is all about how Rosa Park lived her life. She is best known for not giving up her seat on a bus in Alabama. In this book she explains all of the different feelings that she had living somewhere where almost everything was segregated. Her story made me think about how different it is now than it was back then. Rosa Parks changed a segregation rule for a little more respect.
I would recommend this book for anyone who really wants to learn about history. This book is very educa
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Analy
Mar 03, 2016 Analy rated it it was amazing
Rosa Parks is a strong women who fights for what she believes in. I loved reading this book because women who fight for themselves and are strong, powerful, and encouraging are very inspiring to me. Because Rosa Parks is such an inspirational person I think everyone should read this book. Overall i think if you're looking for a book about equal rights and equality and what people did to earn equality, this is the book for you. I also recommend this to people that like to learn about segregation.
Mr
Apr 02, 2008 Mr rated it really liked it
This book was an autobiography on American Hero, Rosa Parks(208 pages). I enjoyed reading this book so much because it it taught me and showed me how bad racist people could be back in the day. If one "colored" person would try to say anything to another "white" person they could get themselves hung or in jail. Rosa Parks learned to live through many hard times. This book will teach anyone who reads it to be thankful for what they have to this day and how poeple should threat others fair. Now ma ...more
Rosy
Feb 15, 2016 Rosy rated it really liked it
This was a great, great nonfiction piece of literature about a crucial time in our history: the Civil Rights Movement. I really liked how Rosa Parks in portrayed in her story; she seems to be strong-willed yet humble person. The book does a great job taking the reader back in time to some of the hardships that African Americans endured during this time period. What is so amazing is how they united in Montgomery, Alabama to conduct the bus boycott which lasted over a year. I think that as humans ...more
Lina.Ryadi
Jan 08, 2016 Lina.Ryadi rated it really liked it
Lina Ryadi
English 6 (1)
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Rosa Parks is an exciting novel written by herself. The story takes place in Montgomery, Alabama. Where the main character Rosa Parks lives with her husband, Raymond Parks. The story began when she rode a bus; the bus was also really full. So, she took a seat in the back because the black people sit in the back and the white people sit in the front. A problem arose when the bus was too crowded, so a white man came and the driver told Rosa to go way in the bac
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Amberleaf1660
Nov 05, 2015 Amberleaf1660 rated it liked it
Rosa Parks: My story
By Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins
192 pp. Ages 12 and up



“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
Everyone has heard the story of Rosa Parks. The women who wouldn’t give up her seat on the bus. But how did it feel for her? Rosa Parks: My Story tells you the full indepth story of the civil rights movement from someone who was a big part of it.

Written by Rosa Parks with help from Jim Haskins, this memoir starts out with a tale of equality, even before the civil rights movem
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Rosa Parks

The name, Rosa Parks, has become a type of symbol for freedom and equal rights. Rosa Parks was an African American free woman during the time of segregations between the colored people and the whites. Rosa Park had played active roles in reducing discrimination during her early days. However, she is remembered most for standing up to the white’s oppressive authority. Rosa had grown weary and tired of doing what the white man said, one day she refused to give her seat on the bus to a wh
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Adrise Elem
May 18, 2015 Adrise Elem rated it it was amazing
The story I chose was My Story written by a famous activist named Rosa Parks. I had chose to read this book because my uncle told me to check it out because it was like relating to MLK and Malcom X. I also thought that it would be a great book for me to learn about what happened in the past.

This books is based on the 60s around were racism is still happening. All Rosa's life she grew up being mistreated or talked bout from white people. Back then blacks were not allowed to sit on certain places
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Sarah Bruno
May 08, 2015 Sarah Bruno rated it liked it
This book has definitely spread my knowledge about Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement. This autobiography is about Rosa Parks life from when she was born till she was an old woman. It tells tons of info on how she became apart of the civil rights movement and how she impacted our country. One of the most famous parts of this book is when Rosa Parks says “the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” That is a very strong quote and to mean it meant the basis of the civil rights movement. I ...more
Judy
Apr 27, 2014 Judy rated it liked it
I had always seen Rosa Parks as somewhat of an unwilling catalyst in the civil rights movement, but I got a completely new perspective from this memoir, which covers Parks's childhood through her old age. Involved in the Movement from its early days, 42-year-old Parks was the secretary for the Alabama NAACP at the time of her arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery bus. She knew what the consequences might be, and she was happy to play a role. Articulate, well-groo ...more
Alicia Alvarado
Apr 30, 2014 Alicia Alvarado rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 9th-grade-books
I enjoyed this book greatly. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in civil rights or the time period of the 1960s. This made me really understand how hard it was for people who weren't accepted growing up. her story has really inspired me on a whole new level. Seriously, a great book, I suggest reading for yourself.
L
Feb 05, 2016 L added it
Rosa Parks had a very eventful and impacting life, she did many risky things that someone like her typically wouldn’t do, but she wanted to make a change and put a stop to racial problems, which is a larger reason for her story. Rosa is most famous for her response to being asked to move for a white man on a Montgomery bus. She was tired of the way that blacks were being treated and when she was told “I’m going to have to arrest you,” she said “You may do that (Parks 1).” She was tired of being ...more
Lucy Ambs
Jan 20, 2015 Lucy Ambs rated it it was amazing
****A MUST READ**** This is a quick read thanks to the plain English style that relays the Dawn of the Civil Rights movement as experienced by the Mother of the Civil Rights movement herself! Her name is in the hisory books as "the woman who would not give up her seat" to a white person, on the bus. This book gives us a glimpse of the life and roots with the luxury of details that will make any red blooded American Christian take a deep breath at the injustices in our country's laws that compell ...more
 Imani ♥ ☮
Back in the fourth grade this was my favorite book. My copy of this book looks messed up now. That's how much I loved this book and how awesome it was.
Matt Vagts
Mar 22, 2016 Matt Vagts added it
Shelves: biographies
Biographies book #1
This a book about Rosa Parks life. It starts out talking about where she group and tells about her family. It talks a great deal about her education and then moves on to her getting married and how life was with her husband and how it was to live as a black in the south. It then goes into the segregation and talks about the harassing the blacks received and talks about her getting arrested for not giving up her seat. then it moves into life after segregation is removed and how
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Kavli
Oct 26, 2014 Kavli rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because it was first person and how Rosa Parks actually wrote it. It showed how she was just really tired of how white people were always just bossing her around all the time. The book explained to me how black people were not treated equally.It makes me feel that it is great that people like Rosa Parks and other people made the law change by their actions. Imagine having to go to a only colored water fountain or a black school and not having the same opportunities as other peo ...more
Cecilia
Rosa Parks is tired of being bossed around and treated like she doesn't matter, she wants everyone to be treated equally but not a lot of people are on her side. So, one day she is sitting at the bus and she a man tells her to stand up and give up her seat so that he can sit. Rosa parks was tired of being treated that way so she just sat there and didn't stand up. Then, she went to jail but got out thanks to family. After, she decided to make a change and made everyone not go on buses and had a ...more
Alison
Jun 10, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it
I appreciated knowing more about this period of history. I didn't know that Rosa Parks and her husband belonged to a group of people who'd been meeting for years trying to get more civil rights. I didn't know they'd been looking for a situation like Rosa's to happen on the bus so they could pursue a suit to the Supreme Court that would challenge the segregation laws. I didn't know that bus strike went on for over a year! And that the blacks organized their own taxi services to help each other st ...more
Arianna Largo
Mar 11, 2016 Arianna Largo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading about Rosa Parks. She is such a great inspiration to stand up for what you believe in. Her life story was so interesting to read and being able to see how she was a stubborn child and knowing what she wants. I had read about her before but I learned so much more about her childhood that I did not even know about. I really enjoyed being able to read about her life story. If you want to learn about a women who is strong, inspiring,and stands up for what she believes in then this is ...more
Hamza
Jan 19, 2015 Hamza rated it really liked it
This book talks about Much more about racism in in olden times.It talks about this poor lady that works 24 hours a day as a maid! She suffers allot so one day she finished from one house now she had to go to Mr.Nelsons house in the bus.So Rosa Parks sat down in the bus in the front row and sat down.Then came a young white man and told her to move from that seat when she was very older than him because he wanted to sit so she said NO.Then he told that to the chauffeur and the chauffeur did not mo ...more
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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress later called the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement."

On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks, age 42, refused to obey bus driver James Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her action was not the first of its kind: Irene Morgan, in 1946, and S
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