I wonder if Rosa Parks had boarded the bus armed with an AR 15 and 100 rounds of ammunition would the bus driver have ordered her to give up her seat in the "colored" section so a white man could sit down? What if she had jut stood her ground with an AR15? As a matter of fact, there probably wouldn't have been a "colored" section if black folks had exercised their 2nd amendment rights. Oh wait....black folks don't have 2nd amendment rights back then. Big Snark
100 years ago today Rosa Louisa McCauley Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. In her book, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, author Jeanne Theoharis replaces the myth of the tired Negro seamstress who refuses to give up her seat because her feet hurt, with facts about Rosa and her husband her husband Raymond, detailing their long history of resistance and commitment to the civil rights movement. It was more than a single act. It was bigger than one woman.
Hear Rosa Parks in her own voice, in her own words describing what happened on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, AL.Presenting a powerful corrective to the popular iconography of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who with a single act birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis excavates Parks's political philosophy and six decades of political work to reveal a woman whose existence demonstrated-in her own words-a "life history of being rebellious." From her family's support of Marcus Garvey to her service with the NAACP in Alabama in the 1940s and 1950s, and from her courageous bus arrest and steadfast efforts on behalf of the Montgomery bus boycott to her work in Detroit challenging Northern racial inequality on behalf of a newly elected Congressman John Conyers and alongside Black Power advocates, Parks's contributions to the civil rights movement go far beyond a single day. Even as economic hardship and constant death threats exacted a steep toll on Rosa and her husband, Raymond, she remained committed to exposing and eradicating racial inequality in jobs, schools, public services, and the criminal justice system.