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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
Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1948)
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Emilie Emzbooksandco
Mar 12, 2017 Emilie Emzbooksandco rated it it was amazing
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"Every one living together in peace and harmony and love... that's the goal that we seek, and I think that the more people there are who reach that state of mind, the better we will all be"
Jan 25, 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
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.
Jul 13, 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.
Feb 02, 2017 Melissa rated it liked it
Book review #5
Book :Rosa Parks My Story
Author: Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins
The book Rosa Parks My story was very inspirational, and well written. Rosa parks had a great way of saying what she wanted to say in a different way. She explained her emotions about everything so well that at times I felt the same emotions as her.
The point of view in this biography was Rosa Parks obviously its her book. She has a very complex way of telling her experiences for example. “ I’m in jail. See if Parks will
Michelle G.
Happy 100th Birthday, Rosa. Thank you for telling us about your life in your own words. It sure cleared-up and complexified my understanding of your role in the Civil Rights Movememt and beyond.
Dec 16, 2008 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
Feb 20, 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
Mar 02, 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.
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.
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.
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.
 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.
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.
Jordan Parker
such a great read the book is awesome and tells the story from Rosa parks eyes.
Jan 08, 2016 Lina.Ryadi rated it really liked it
Lina Ryadi
English 6 (1)
Good Reads #3

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
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
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
Jeffrey F
Nov 20, 2016 Jeffrey F rated it it was amazing

November, Rosa Parks : My Story, by Rosa Parks

In the auto-biography Rosa Parks : My Story it explores Parks adventures from her life to her bus boycott. First she lived with her mother and father in Tuskegee, Alabama, then her father went to work when she grew up, so she didn't see him until her wedding. Second she moved in to the rest of her fathers family in Abbeville. Later she married Raymond Parks and joined the NAACP as their secretary. After this, did she then do her famous act of not gi
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
Sep 29, 2008 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
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
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
Oct 13, 2014 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
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
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
Kyra N
Mar 24, 2017 Kyra N added it

My story was about Rosa Parks and how her move to stand up for her own rights impacted a lot of African Americans. I really like this book it tells you how it was back in the olden days even after slavery and how whites still didn’t treat African Americans right. I think it was a good idea because, Why not treat us like we are all humans what makes me different from a white person? If cut your skin and my skin you not gone see black blood or blue blood, we all bleed the same color blood. So wha
Oct 16, 2014 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
Tamera Fleming
Dec 04, 2016 Tamera Fleming rated it it was amazing
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1) Book summary: This book is an autobiography written by Mrs. Rosa Parks herself. It tells her life story from growing up in the south in the early 1900s when racism and segeration was allowed. She talks about the event leading up to her arrest and how she had to adjust to life outside of th jail.

2) Grade level, interest level, lexile: 3-7th grade, ages 8-12, 0970

3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area): History

4) Individual students who might benefit from reading: Every child will benefit
Michael Lionhart
Mar 09, 2017 Michael Lionhart rated it it was amazing
Ostensibly for middle school readers, this book is an honest, humble account of Rosa Parks's life and involvement with the American civil rights movement. Mrs. Parks's recount of her childhood and the family values instilled in her set the stage for her most famous involvement with the movement, but she makes it clear that she is more than a woman that refused to give up her seat from a bus. As a former secretary of the Montgomery branch of the NAACP, Mrs. Parks gives us insight into the people, ...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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