Essay on The Rebellious Life Of Mrs. Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks is known for her arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. What Parks is not known for is her activism before and after this incident. Rosa Parks is known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" which began with the bus incident. This term, "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," obscures her role in history. She was and still is looked at with a gendered lens that diminishes her activism and her courageous persona. As a public figure, and as a woman, Parks needed to seem respectable for the public, even if she was an activist. In the book, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, the author Jeanne Theoharris shines light on who the real Rosa Parks was. Theoharris challenges the stereotypes about Rosa Parks that she was just a quiet and bland icon. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks begins with Parks 's childhood and how she grows up. This background on her life shows how she would always stand up for what she believed in. It shows how smart she was and how she always noticed racial injustice. Parks grew up in rough times in Alabama where segregation was brutal. Her friends recall that she was quiet, but no one could mess with her. She did not defy authority, but "Once she had determined on a course of action, she would not retreat." (p. 78) In the early chapters, it mentions how Parks hated the way black women had to use their sexuality to protect themselves from white power. It recalls how Parks…

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