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2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work - Biography / Auto Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians

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The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement

Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks's politics and years of activism. She shows readers how this civil rights movement radical sought - for more than a half a century - to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.

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Jeanne Theoharis

Jeanne Theoharis is the author of "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks"(Beacon Press, 2013) and a professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She received an AB in Afro-American studies from Harvard College and a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is the author or coauthor of four books and articles on the black freedom struggle and the contemporary politics of race in the United States.Photographer Copyright Photo Credit: John Ricasoli, 2012.



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