• The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

  • By: Jeanne Theoharis
  • Narrated by: Judith West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Auto Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians

Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013

The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the Civil Rights Movement.

Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern Civil Rights Movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks' politics and years of activism. She shows listeners how this civil rights movement radical sought - for more than a half a century - to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.

Cover photo: Rosa Parks on the courthouse steps, Montgomery, Alabama, 1955. Courtesy of AP.

©2013 Jeanne Theoharis (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent Work!

This should be required reading in all schools in the US. Being a white middle class male born in 1956 from a small town in the North I never knew the degree of oppression suffered. Then, even now. This history has been supressed, ignored and covered up long enough.

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Good but Repetitive

I liked how allof the historical information shed light on the life of Rosa Parks. It touched on some key issues that are often ignored. I like how it includes the most recently discovered facts that were simply unavailable in earlier works. Interesting story.

However, the book is extremely repetitive which can be quite annoying. It’s hard to stick with the book with all the repetition. It could easily made more succinct. So much repetition can cause one to lose interest because it obscures some of the really intriguing insights the book has to offer.

Still, would recommend!

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The Truth of Rosa

This book gives a complete picture of Mrs. Parks. The writer allows you to view Mrs. Parks and her complexities
The narrator reading keeps your focus engulfing you in thoughts and reflections about what you're hearing

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Queen Mother🖤👑Mrs. Rosa Parks

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
By Jeanne Theoharis

"Racism is still alive." Do not get comfortable by any of the gains that have been made.
Our struggle will never go away so she remained constant to the fight for Social Justice, Racial Equality and real Freedom post the "Civil Rights Era".
The symbol of Mrs. Rosa Parks remained stronger than her reality, she would say. Sad, painful but a fact we must grapple with and be responsible enough to do our own, personal diligence to change.
So much needs to be done.

Queen Mother of the Movement. 'Young people should learn about Black History as soon as they can learn anything else.'
A Heroine so courageous, comported and committed to a fault. Relentless is closest to it.

We must do so much better in raising up the name, honoring and caring for those who paved a way, beacons of light in this dark night. Build on their legacy; in the remembering and retelling their stories.
Mrs. Rosa Parks "Rebellious Life" is much stronger than the fabled symbol, who should not be marginalized, diluted or ever forgotten.

The reality is always stranger than fiction, in its nuanced layers.
So, this was a struggle to read...my heart broke in so many places to complete this reading although empowering. My heart stuck in mid throat--too much to swallow.💔🖤
So much history, back stories find its way into this telling book that reads like an epic biography. It shines a bright light on what you thought you knew.
"Don't give up and do not say the movement is dead."
-Queen Mother Rosa Parks🖤👑⚡📖

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Important and Timely

Though some things were repeated, life rarely can be told in a straight line. Her story is told within and without the movement. This is a testament to the many unsung warriors who held the mirror to the face of a nation, despite the cost.

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So much more to Ms Rosa Parks than we were taught in school.


I grew up with the image of a soft spoken woman who refused to give up her seat because she was tired. But it was more than a physical tired. Her strong stance against segregation and racism allowed her to rest long enough to motivate a movement that still exist today.
An informative well researched book that should be used in every classroom .

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Murder by Narrator

This book deserves much better. The narrator reads like a news reporter completely disconnected from text or meaning. Her voice goes up and down in a too bored to care way. Could not have been more uninspiring and insulting to listen to.

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