Rosa Parks: My Story

Rosa Parks: My Story

by Rosa Parks, Jim Haskins


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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 story is unforgettable.

"The simplicity and candor of this courageous woman's voice makes these compelling events even more moving and dramatic."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141301204
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 75,951
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Rosa Parks also worked with Jim Haskins to write Rosa Parks: My Story (Dial and Puffin), an award-winning book for older readers. Mrs. Parks was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in June 1999. She lives in Detroit, Michigan.

Table of Contents

1How It All Started1
2Not Just Another Little Girl22
3Schooling in Montgomery38
4Marriage, and Activism55
5We Fight for the Right to Vote71
6Secretary of the NAACP80
7White Violence Gets Worse90
8"You're Under Arrest"108
9"They've Messed with the Wrong One Now"125
10Stride Toward Freedom141
11We Move to Detroit161
12The Years Since176

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Rosa Parks 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore in high school and I had to read this book for a research project. To be honest, I thought this book was going to be a little interesting. I was proved wrong because everything was so interesting. Everything that is mentioned in the book really happened, and it's kind of sad and weird that it did. I loved learning about all the events that occurred and became huge historical moments. This book was a great read for me because it had her insight and point of view of how African Americans were treated. It is sad that even though segregation was outlawed, it still happens today. I recommend that people who are uneducated about segregation should read this. Overall, I learned many interesting and new things from this book. After reading this, I have come to love history. I love learning about how life was and how there are some things that stayed the same. Because of this book, I really want to be someone who helps others in a similar way like Rosa Parks did. I recommend this book to others because you can learn a lot of information that changed the world from how it is now.
Anonymous 29 days ago
I am a sophomore in highschool and I read this book for my English research project. I had chosen Rosa Parks as my research topic because I was very interested in her and what she had fought for. I had hoped thus book would give me the most information on Rosa’s life and I was not disappointed. When I had first started reading the book I was already interested by the beginning of the first few pages. This book goes into very great detail about each and every event in Rosa Parks’ life. This book not only described her famous action of intolerance to racism, but it also described her personal life, family origins, careers, and of course her devotion to making America a better place for the African American race. Rosa Parks herself had co-written this book and it really gave me a deeper insight to who exactly Rosa Parks was by her writing style and the way she went into depth in explaining her story. The way she detailed each event helped me to better understand the life that she lived and how the world was at time. This book has taught me everything I need to know about Rosa Parks and I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about her story, or anyone even just looking to be inspired by a great story of justice and equality.
lamour on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This particular edition of this title appears to have been written for young adults. It would be accessible to readers in middle and high school. Parks is known for refusing to give up her seat to a white rider on a Montgomery, AL bus but she was already a woman heavily involved in improving life in the South for Blacks because her husband was an activist. Includes many photos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a high school sophomore and I read this book for my English research project. I found this book to be very helpful because it was informative. I usually get bored reading but this book kept my attention becuase I was able to imagine what was happening in the events that are described. This book did not have too much detail to the point where i was losing interest but it wouldn't hurt if it did contain more. It did focus a lot on the different aspects of her life which I found very helpful. I really lied how it was so specific in the chapters, for example when she tells some of the NAACP cases she was so detailed. The amount of detail helps you to picture it as if you were right there with her. this book is great for a paper or project but even just to read for fun. I definitely recommend this book because of the information and high interest level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my research project. I felt intrigued to read this book because I learned  about Rosa Park in elementary but I wanted to know more about her. The facts it gave about her where so interesting and it made me want to read more. Although some parts where over detailed and I felt that it should of just gotten to the point. If some of the parts would of gotten to the point I would of loved it. Her courageous life did not start in her adult years it all started in her baby years. Also her impact with  the civil rights movement made it better. You have to suffer before you can get to the top. I am glad to have read this book and other people  should read it also. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 Before people couldn’t vote, they couldn’t drink from the same bubbler, couldn’t go to the same school or businesses, or ride in the front seats on a bus.  In this book, Ms. Parks shares her joys and sorrows in her lifetime. She is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Back then, there were a lot of laws and customs that had to be followed, especially with the race/color. It was mandatory that people with colored skin had to sit in the back, while white people sit in the front.  Rosa Parks thought this was ungrateful and not that she did equal rights with white people. Also, colored people back then could not vote.  Rosa Parks played a great civil role, wanting to achieve, so that everyone no matter what race or color, Black people would have equal rights.  She shared her feelings and thoughts throughout the book. Rosa Parks will always be within our Nation’s history and remain in remembrance as a good, bold, courageous, and strong woman. She will always be known and remembered. I strongly recommend people from ages 13 and older to read this book if they want to know more about Rosa Parks.
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bookgirl888 More than 1 year ago
I just recently read this book and was hooked from the first page. It is the classic story of the African-American woman that you all know, told from Rosa herself! This was told with gripping and understandable language that will work the book onto everyone's bookshelf.
Laura16LH More than 1 year ago
Rosa Parks was an amazing woman because she believed that everyone should have equal rights, regardless of their skin color. She would do anything to stop segregation. She even got arrested twice, once when she would not give up her seat on the bus and the other one was when she was waiting in line with a group of blacks for a black cab driver during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She went all over the country talking about how segregation was wrong and people should fight against it. After President Kennedy passed the Civil Rights Act, white people would call Rosa and say mean nasty things to her. While she was a secretary at Hampton Institute she was reading the newspaper and found out that Martin Luther King Jr was stabbed but had survived. Rosa Parks did everything she could to help get equal rights for blacks. This is an amazing book about an amazing lady who changed America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book about rosa parks was a very interesting book. I liked it very very much. Rosa Parks is gvery inspiering. If you want to read a very good book you should read this book. It tells about all of Rosa Parks life. Even when she was little. This story or book is written in first person, so it feels like your actually with her. It feels like your with her and shes telling her story to you about her. This is a very educational book and has a lot of interesting facts. She helped so many people in her life time and also hjelped stop segergation. So if you ever have a chance to read a book, go to any book story and buy this book. Then write a review and tell us all how you liked it. Thank you so much for your time and hope you like the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book twice and it is outstanding. It made me feel like it was happening right in front of me. I would reccomend this book to anyone who can read a chapter book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My views on this book is that it was a very good book, I would definitely recommend it. It gives a lot of good details and information to help you with any big reviews. It isn't that long of a book so it doesn't take that long to read. I really like how the author expresses the information. He puts it into big detail but it's also comprehendable. I understood the book. I highly recommend this book for projects or even if you just feel like reading because Rosa Parks was an extraordinary woman who should deeply be recognized.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This great autobiography by 'the mother of civil rights' is written with young people in mind, but is enlightening reading for all ages and races. This simply told story at once holds within it the truth of our history and the hopes of our future. Mrs. Parks was a reluctant revolutionary - often the greatest kind - who had nothing more in mind that fateful day than sitting down on the bus when she felt tired - not so much physically tired as tired of giving in to the racism of her time. Her simple act of courage, to say 'no,' sent waves across this land of ours that are still being heard today. Thank you Mrs. Parks for all you have done. I hope everyone will know your story and continue to do the work you and so many other brave souls began for us.
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I think Rosa parks was very brave. She must have really wanted freedom and have a supporting family.She was not very selfsentered. She was probably thinking of other eople as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great any child doing a report should do their woman on her and use this book it is great magnificant terrific I recomend it really badly
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usefull for reports, biographies and other related things.