Revealing the real Rosa Parks

April 1, 2015

A collection of Rosa Parks’ papers offers a dramatic new take on the life and legend of the civil rights icon


Revealing the real Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks' story doesn't begin and end with the Montgomery bus boycott. For the first time, thousands of her letters and photographs are available to scholars and they're transforming the image Parks had from a quiet seamstress to a reluctant revolutionary. Joie Chen heads to the Library of Congress to find out how these personal possessions could change history's perception of the mother of the civil rights movement.


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