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Es topics like dealing with fear facing injustice developing character and determination faith in God and her hope for the future“I want to be remembered as a person who stood up to injustice” writes Rosa Parks “who wanted a better world for young people” With Mrs Parks’s words of wisdom humility and compassion this book will inspire people of all races to carry on her great legacy. Summary Very brief thoughts by Rosa Parks about her life I noticed this book was on sale for Black History month and realized that I had never read the copy that I purchased last year when it was on sale Reflections by Rosa Parks is a book you want to buy when it is on sale It is not that it is a bad book but it is a very short book The physical book is the 6 by 7 gift book size The audiobook is 80 minutes longDespite its short length it is worth reading Rosa Parks was in her 80s when she wrote Reflections It feels like she dictated the book because its prose sounds spoken There are 12 short chapters The first several are about her early life and the bus boycott From the sixth chapter on the chapters are either about the people in her life or her thoughts on life Her faith exudes in the pages She has no interest in being a prominent focus and humbly shifts the focus to the people around her or her faithIt is precisely that humility that I think makes this book work It is not a masterwork It is a simple story and thoughts of an important but a mostly unknown woman She talks about the fact that her refusal to get up has been construed as her being tired after work She says she did not get up because she was physically tired but because she was tired of racismWhat I had not realized was how uickly she moved to Detroit She was fired from her job as a seamstress at a department store weeks after the boycott started And while it doesn't say this it seems likely that her husband probably was threatened as well They moved to Detroit in 1957 Despite living in Detroit she participates in the March on Washington in 1963 the Selma to Mongomery march and other Civil Rights workIn 1963 she starts to work for Congressman John Conyers in Detroit and works for him for the next 24 years before retiring and starting a youth program in 1987 Her husband had passed away ten years earlier In 1994 not long before writing this book her home was broken into and she was badly beaten and robbed of a small amount of money In the epilogue Gregory Reed suggests that it was the publicity of that incident and her response to it that lead to the book contractAbout 20 percent of the book is a brief introduction to her life or epilogue by the co author and her lawyer Gregory Reed He represented her and was able to bring attention to her life including being responsible for several of the awards Presidental Medal of Freedom the apple commercial a musical tribute album the Congressional Gold Medal etc Her suing over the use of her name in a song by OutKast went to the Supreme Court The case dragged out for years and by the time it was settled she had dementia  Mrs Parks passed away soon after the settlementThis era of Civil Rights leaders have mostly passed away They need to be accurately remembered for than just single events This book does not mention any of the work she did with the NAACP before the bus boycott or her years of uiet work after the boycott other than the fact that she started the youth program after she retired The Civil Rights movement was not just Martin Luther King Jr It was not four days Brown Rosa Parks refusing to get up the March on Washington and King's assassination It was decades of work by mostly now unknown peopleSomewhat like Hariett Tubman there are far children's books about Rosa Parks than serious biographies There are several adult biographies like this one probably better and this one but I think those are the only two that are serious biographies It is not that children's books are bad but I do believe that people that have children's biographies than adult biographies are likely being remembered simply and not accurately

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Reflections by Rosa ParksOn December 1 1955 Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery Alabama She was not trying to start a movement She was simply tired of the social injustice Yet her simple act of courage started a chain of events that forever shaped the landscape of American race relationsNow decades after her uiet defiance inspired the modern civil rights movement Mrs Parks’s own word. 3 stars for the read but 5 stars for the person Reflections by Rosa Parks The uiet Strength and Faith of a Woman Who Changed a Nation is a short read by Mrs Parks herself a series of vignettes and essays about her approach to life and fighting injustice – essentially where she draws her strengthAs someone who truly didn’t know that much about Rosa Parks before reading this book it was illuminating for me – and sad in a way that I didn’t learn about her life in school the way I should have In my mind Rosa was an average worker woman who on that fateful December day on the bus had had enough and made a split second decision In reality Rosa was purposeful about her fight against injustice and worked for the NAACP She knew the conseuences of her actions and she knew that if she didn’t do something no one else wouldIt’s compelling to read about someone with that much purpose in her life You rarely see that Rosa is extremely centered in a strong uiet way She’s unflappable She knows what she wants where she’s going and has faith in the next step to get her there An unintentional but informative component to this book was the behind the scenes process of how legacy works Rosa Parks’ name would have faded out of cultural memory except for the active and intentional movement to preserve her legacy This book is part of that movement While Rosa Parks definitely deserves her place in the history books it just goes to show that history is written by those who intentionally write it If you are poor or don't have the resources to ensure a legacy like this you likely won't have oneA major takeaway from this book is Rosa Parks' idea of the potential for change as potential energy in small pockets of people just waiting for a flash point I love that idea as though while people pray for change the universe is molding certain people and their life experiences so that they will respond at the crucial moment just like Rosa Parks did

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Reflections by Rosa Parks Read ✓ 106 ´ On December 1 1955 Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery Alabama She was not trying to start a movement She was simply tired of the social injustice Yet her simple act of courage started a chain of events that forever shaped the landscape of American race relationsNow decadS tell of her courageous life her passion for freedom and euality and her strong faith Reflections by Rosa Parks celebrates the principles and convictions that guided her through a remarkable life It is a printed record of her legacy her lasting message to a world still struggling to live in harmonyIncluding historic and beautiful pictures this collection of Rosa Parks’s reflections includ. Rosa Parks was a huge catalyst for the Civil Rights movement She wasn’t even trying to be She just did what she felt was right