Carnegie Mellon University
March 23, 2015

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

The popular image of Rosa Parks, often called the “first lady of civil rights,” is that of a quiet seamstress whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus helped end public segregation.

A new book by acclaimed author Jeanne Theoharis challenges this public perception of Parks. In “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” the first scholarly biography of Parks, Theoharis unearths her political philosophy and six decades of social justice work, revealing a woman who had a history of being rebellious. Theoharis will discuss Parks and her place in women’s history in Carnegie Mellon University’s ninth annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 in Baker Hall’s Giant Eagle Auditorium.

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