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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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Dee Dee G
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me being old. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

What I thought I knew about Rosa Parks wasn’t completely accurate. This is a short book, but full of facts.
Maja Ingrid
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a short book where Rosa Parks recounts her life in a plain and straight-forward way, and about the deeply ingrained racism that black people suffered. I've been meaning to read this book for a very long time because of her important role in the black civil-rights movement and the fight against segregation, and was pleasantly surprised to see my local library carried it (as their selection of books in general, and PoC books in particular, is very limited). I'm happy I finally got to read ...more
Emilie Emzbooksandco
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
"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" ...more
Rebecca
Jan 25, 2013 added it
Shelves: historical
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
Chris
Jul 13, 2008 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. ...more
Cherise Mattson
Mar 10, 2008 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.
Mr
Feb 20, 2008 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
Aurélien Thomas
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: african-american
1st December 1955, Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks, a black woman, refused to give up her seat to a white man. She wasn't the first one to do so, and so the usual procedure was well followed: the driver stopped the bus, called the police, she was arrested, spent a night in jail, and went to court the next day to be sentenced to paid a fine. End of the story...

… Beginning of History.

Rosa Parks was indeed a member of the NAACP. She was also, as a Baptist Christian, member of a strong church commu
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Danielle N
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The epitome of all that is good even when the world feels bad.
Melissa
Feb 02, 2017 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
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Chelsi
Dec 16, 2008 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
Analy
Mar 02, 2016 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. ...more
Reixma
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⚠️** THIS BOOK USES WORDS AND DESCRIPTIONS DEEMED INAPPROPRIATE TODAY **⚠️

I will be using BIPOC in this review as I don't feel it is appropriate to use 'black' on it's own as a descriptive term. I feel using BIPOC is more accurate.

I read this book in order to find out more about Rosa but in her words as I'd heard so much variety about her story and wanted to find out for myself. I wrote so many notes about the contents of this book, so I will try and summarise my review.

I learned a lot from thi
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Alicia Alvarado
Apr 30, 2014 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. ...more
Hayley Jessica
Apr 26, 2012 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 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. ...more
Michelle G.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Rob
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story of Rosa Parks is powerful. This book gives the details of her life and defining moment, not only that, but her influence and involvement before and after her refusing to give up her seat on a segregated public bus. Rosa's life is traced from childhood to elderly, including the particulars of her mindset throughout her life during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Reading this book I was so impressed by her courage and determination. However, my heart, too, was heavy for the ills committ ...more
Logan Howard
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Sophie Swift
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
During the second year of my history degree, I took a Martin Luther King and Civil Rights Movement module. It was at a time that I wasn't doing too well, and as I had never done American history before, I struggled to get to grips with it at first. We read MLK's autobiography, work by Micheal Eric Dyson, John A. Kirk, Clayborne Carson and so many others. During this time we studied King's life, the events in the movement itself, as well as focusing on other prominent figures in the movement, inc ...more
Mary
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book written by a great lady! She told the story the way it happened. She was sitting on the bus riding home from work, when the white man told her to move to the back of the bus where the negroes were to ride. She refused to move and the bus driver called the police. She was arrested and then taken to jail.

She wanted things to change and because of her, they were changed eventually! It took a long time for things to change in the South, but they did finally change. It was not u
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Noninuna
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an eye opener. I was aware of the racism that exist towards African American in the U.S but I've never knew that it was even worst back then. Even the laws favor the white. Rosa Park's story is so simple; she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man so she was put in jail. But her action is like a catalyst to a whole new wave of movement. The bus service boycott was a brilliant idea even tho it's practically near impossible but they did it. Her life story is so inspirat ...more
Kendall
(Year 1992 pick for 2020 Reading Challenge)

A solid 4.5 stars. Rosa Parks's autobiography covers the remarkable life of a self-described "ordinary" person. It was really interesting to read about her life prior to that day in December 1955 when she refused to give her seat up to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. These words will forever stick with me:

"People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than
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Amanda Witt
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a compact version, from a school library. It talks about Rosa's life in a first person point of view about her childhood and teen years, to both black and white people they knew in their town, and leads up to the defining moment where she refused to give up her seat on the bus on that day. ...more
P.S. Winn
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you have only heard about Rosa Parks because of her heroism and her epic bus ride, grab this book that tells more f a life lived courageously through some of the darkest times in American History.
Gigi
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some people write beautiful books, and some people live them. Rosa Parks proves that a life lived with passion can look meek and gentle, too.
Misty Wilson read.fine.print
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
#bookreview #readfineprintreviews I realized this book had yellow on it, and so did my sweater so. This happened.

The cover is hard to read regardless of the lighting. It says “Rosa Parks: My Story.” This is the story of Rosa Parks’ life told by Rosa herself.

I learned a lot from reading this book. Rosa shares about the history of her family, her experiences with racism and then her life before and after she made that courageous decision to stay seated on the bus.

The last book I read was about
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Rachel Compo
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
It was both beautiful and incredibly moving to read Rosa Parks’s story told in her own words. A quick read that will leave a lasting impact.
Hannah
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a powerful story, and hard to believe these events were not so long ago. There was so much I didn't know about Rosa Parks since her story gets simplified in textbooks. I enjoyed hearing about the other incredible things she accomplished that get overlooked by her refusal to give up her seat. ...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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