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Rosa Parks: My Story.

Today, it seems that African-American youth take everything for granted. This frustrates their parents who remember when schools and water fountains boasted "white only" signs and when blacks had to sit at the back of the bus. However, young children can learn about struggles that took place for these freedoms by reading Rosa Parks: My Story, by the -The First Lady" of the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins.

Rosa Parks is a novel worth reading by black children. It is a linear book tracing Parks' beginnings in Pine Level, Ala., to that day on Dec. 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery bus to her lectures around the country on brotherhood. She writes: "People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired but that wasn't true .... I was not tired physically .... I was not old. I was 42. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."

--Tania Padgett Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins, Dial Books, New York, 1992, 192pp, $17
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Author:Padgett, Tania
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1993
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