Reflections by Rosa Parks: The Quiet Strength and Faith of a Woman Who Changed a Nation
Now, decades after her quiet defiance inspired the modern civil rights mo ...more
This is a short book with a bit of history about her and more of a focus on the biblical teachings that shaped her as a person. I love her optimism and focus on improvement. Also, she never set out to be the mother of the Civil Rights movement, but she handled the role with humility and diplomacy.
Reflections by Rosa Parks: The Quiet Strength and Faith of a Woman Who Changed a Nation is a short read by Mrs. Parks herself, a series of vignettes and essays about her approach to life and fighting injustice – essentially where she draws her strength.
As someone who truly didn’t know that much about Rosa Parks before reading this book, it was illuminating for me – and sad in a way, that I didn’t learn about her life in school the way I should hav ...more
I feel bad giving a book written by such an important person a low rating, but my ratings are very subjective and for the most part I did not enjoy this book. I did learn some interesting facts, such as she did not decide to not move to the back of the bus because she was physically tired as many claim (she made a decision to stand up to racism), she was brutally attacked in her home at the age of 81, and she filed a lawsuit against Outkast for using her name in their song. However, soo ...more
I noticed this book was on sale for Black History month and realized that I had never read the copy that I purchased last year when it was on sale. Reflections by Rosa Parks is a book you want to buy when it is on sale. It is not that it is a bad book, but it is a very short book. The physical book is the 6 by 7 gift-book size. The audiobook is 80 minutes long.
Despite its short length, it is worth reading. Rosa Parks was in her 80s when ...more
This book by Rosa Parks reminded me why I respected these people. Not that I ceased to respect them, but my memory was a bit rusty. In this book, Rosa shares her experiences and imparts her wisdom to a new ge ...more
"...when I feel discouraged, I read Psalm 23 to restore my soul:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will ...more
Writers like Zora Hurston and August Wilson point out that the interior life of black people is something to be celebrated and valued and worthy of art. This book of Rosa Parks's internal thoughts about life and living certainly contributes to that mission.
Reading it to prepare a talk for visitors to the Rosa Parks exhibi ...more
In this book we read short essays on Rosa Parks thoughts and opinions on racism and her experience on that city bus and beyond.
The short essays weren’t to in depth but provide enough that I was satisfied. I feel like Parks left a piece of herself in this book which made it a beautiful memoir. Four stars.
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 ...more