Happy birthday, Rosa Parks (2019)

It’s 2021, and Jeanne Theoharis has published an excellent op-ed reviewing Mrs. Parks’s extraordinary life. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/01/opinion/rosa-parks.html

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(In thinking about this repost, I want to encourage readers to take a look at the link to To Tell the Truth, the tv game show. These days, her face is far more familiar, but her long term efforts are even more obscured.)

Happy birthday, Rosa Parks!  Born on February 4, 1913, Parks was not a tired old lady in 1955, when she refused to move to the back of the bus.  She was an experienced and committed activist, deeply tied into the activist networks that animated the civil rights movement.  She wasn’t the only one who took a risk to challenge segregation laws in the South, but that hardly makes her less heroic.

Activism in the civil rights movement was hardly a career move for Rosa Parks. She paid a serious price over many years for stepping outside of expected norms of behavior and into history. Her role…

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Author and professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine
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