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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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A nice expose on a historical moment that has been misconstructed so many times by our "white education".
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
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.
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.
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
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
I read this in like 5th grade and absolutely loved it. Opened me eyes to racism and the ability to rise against.
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 24, 2009 Mz.Adorable84 rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Adrise Elem
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
Sarah Bruno
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
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
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.
Lucy Ambs
****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
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
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
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
Mary Arkless
The book reads as if Rosa Parks is sitting there, talking to you. I found it very straight forward and enjoyable, a bit like listening to your grandparent tell you about his or her life.

I knew that society in general and the South in the extreme had been very ugly towards people of color. This book tells it like it was, just how horrible it had been. Some of the things Mrs. Parks had witnessed and fought against were shocking.

I am very glad this is, for the most part, history, that things have i
Isabelle G
December 14th 2011 Response:
So far in this book even though I havn't read a lot of it i've taken a lot of notes, and since this book is partly by Rosa Parks, it has a lot of information, and I can understand how Rosa Parks, herelf felt as a child with all of the segregation laws and rules. Also, Rosa Parks is a very brave women, and always has been, because she spoke up for herself on the bus that very famous day in early December 1955.

January 4th 2012 Response:
I really like this book, and I'm l
Maxzine Rossler
Rosa Parks My Story was about Rosa Parks and her upbringing since she was a child. She did not have the steady lifestyle that most children had growing up. She grew up with her mother, and moved around a lot. Her mother raised her telling her that she was just as good as anybody else. This was including towards white people as well. This advice from her mother helped her all through her life. At school she refused to let any of the white kids pick on her. Rosa ended up going to a couple differen ...more
Marshall Coluzzi
Rosa Parks: My Story Book Review
By: Marshall Coluzzi
“HEY GET YOUR HANDS OFF OF THAT WATER FOUNTAIN! THAT’S FOR WHITES ONLY!” How’s that for getting treated with respect? Rosa Parks: My story is a phenomenal book to read if you want to learn about how black history and how they got treated and what they went through back then.
Rosa Parks: My Story is a book mainly about black history and how blacks were treated and tried to have the same rights as whites. In the book there were many parts that
Mary Harris
Citation: Rosa Parks: My Story, by Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins. (Puffin, 1999).188p. Biography.

Genre: Junior Book - Biography

Summary: The story delves into the story of the Rosa Park’s bus boycott and chronicles her life. She gives a succinct account of her life growing up, leading up to the boycott, and after the boycott.
A. The greatest aspect of this story is that it is told through the eyes of Rosa Parks herself. She provides wonderful details and rich descriptions throughout her biography.
Kate Babbitt
This book is written by Rosa Parks, telling her story about her bus boycott during the civil rights movement. This is an excellent use in the classroom as it is her own story and perspective of what happened, giving a better visual for the students. Although autobiography, it is a great informational text as it gives the background as well to the history students are learning in the classroom. It would be a good ending of the discussion, giving the background first and then going into her story.
Megan Korngold
This book is an autobiography by Rose Parks written on (about) a fifth grade reading level. Many students will have heard about Rosa Parks and remember her story: she was the African American woman who would not give up her seat on the bus. Although this account of Parks is factual and essential to understand society and Parks during this time, there is also a lot more that Parks faced on a daily, weekly, yearly basis.

The details and experiences Parks includes in this book allows students to ha
Kenedy Beilstein
Since Rosa Parks is a very inspirational person i was encouraged to do a biography essay on her. After reading this biography it emphasized to me that women are strong. I learned she had a huge roll in helping stop racial segregation. Many people looked up to her and still do today. The only thing i didn't like about this biography is that it was fact after fact and very boring to read. It non-stop talked about her family and past in an abundance.
Feb 17, 2014 Dorine marked it as to-read
Bragging rights: I have a first edition, first printing hard copy of this book. It was signed and dated by Rosa Parks. The seller also included an original newspaper clipping about the iconic bus ride. It's Black History/African-American Month. It's time to read this book... Rosa Parks My Story by Rosa Parks
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Rosa Parks tells her own story about her upbringing, the discrimination she faced all her life, and that fateful day: December 1, 1955 - the day she refused to give up her seat on the bus. From a very early age, Rosa was acutely aware of the dangers of being a Black woman in the south. Her grandfather stayed awake at night with a shotgun, for fear the Ku Klux Klan would storm into their home. Rosa eventually married a man who was a gre
Nice, easy, fast read. I learnt Rosa was an activist both before and after she refused to leave her seat on the bus. Do not make the mistake Rosa was a tired old lady because as she makes clear in the book she was tired only of "giving up". This book also briefly explains the civil rights movement including mentions of Martin Luther King JR and Malcum X
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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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