Rosa Parks: Tired of Giving in (African-American Biographies (Enslow))

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?All I was doing was trying to get home from work, ? said Rosa Parks. Raised in rural Alabama, Parks had never known a time when racial segregation was not the law. In her experience, blacks and whites did not live as equals. Then, one day, Parks decided that she had endured enough. Her soft-spoken defiance on a city bus was the spark?and the civil rights activism, led by the young Martin Luther King Jr., was the fire. In Rosa Parks: Tired Of Giving In, author Anne Schraff takes readers beyond the Montgomery bus boycott and into the heart of the civil rights movement. Rosa Parks faced death threats and personal hardships, but she never stopped fighting for racial equality. Today, her life's work is our civil rights legacy.

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Grade 4-8–While not particularly distinguished from other series' entries on Parks, this is a logical, respectful, and respectable biography of the civil rights icon. The title quickly yet broadly covers Parks from her birth to the current day, and readers can clearly see the developments that led her to take a stand by refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery in 1955. That pivotal moment in her life (and, as it would turn out, in American history) understandably provides the most drama and information in the book. Details of what she bought at the store just before boarding the bus and documented dialogue between her and the bus driver and police shed interesting light on a moment in time. Large and clear photographs are plentiful, and all aspects of this amazing woman's story are integrated well into the context of her place and time. Of course, for the story straight from the source, students should also be directed to Park's powerfully moving autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story (Dial, 1992). Schraff's work is an appropriate addition to general collections.–Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL
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