5 Key Facts About Rosa Parks’ Memoirs

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When it arrives to books on courage, few people are more revered than Rosa Parks. This iconic activist was the first person to refuse to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery and sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which is widely considered the beginning of the civil rights movement in America. Several books have been written about Ms. Parks, but none have really generated much interest in her autobiographies/memoirs.

These remarkable writings offer an intimate look at what made Mrs. Parks such an extraordinary woman, not only as a civil rights advocate, but as a human being with fears, dreams, and struggles just like everyone else. Here are five (5) key facts you may not know about Mrs. Rosa Parks' autobiographies/memoirs ("Rosa Parks: My Story" and "Quiet Strength").

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This photo of Rosa Parks was taken in 1955 next to Martin Luther King Jr. who is not in the photo.

  • Rosa Parks used a chronological narrative, telling the story from her perspective of the events that brought place.
  • She narrates what happened that day, from the incident on the bus to the political and personal fallout.
  • Parks wants to convey her perspective on a difficult time in the past. Her memoir is a way for her to express both facts and thoughts.
  • She also used chronological models to describe the sequence of events in her memoir "My Story."
  • In a way that other genres of history can't, her book allows her to communicate her point of view in the first person.

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