Cover image for Don't know much about Rosa Parks


Material Type
Call Number
Item Available
Book J 921 PARKS 1 1

On Order



Did young Rosa always follow the rules? Why did she join the NAACP in 1943? How did Rosa Parks get around Montgomery during the bus boycott?

After Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person, she became known as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. But long before her arrest, she knew that the laws separating blacks from whites were wrong. Learn how her family encouraged her to stick up for herself. Read about her active role in the NAACP. Discover how she persevered for Civil Rights during the trying Montgomery bus boycott and the difficult years that followed.

With great sensitivity, best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis describes Rosa Parks's decisive courage and the hardships she endured. Noteworthy photographs and dramatic black-and-white illustrations by Sergio Martinez capture the turbulent emotions of the Civil Rights era.


Document escrit i sonor fruit d'un treball de camp sobre la música popular catal ana de tradició oral amb la comarca del Bages com a territori explorat i objecte d'estudi. Es compon d'un DVD, un doble CD i un llibre. En el DVD s'hi troben im atges filmades de balls diversos ordenats de dues maneres diferents: pel seu con tingut o tipologia i per la seva trajectòria geogràfica. En el doble CD es poden escoltar documents procedents de la tradició oral ordenats a partir d'una class ificació etnomusicològica que té com a criteri de base la funcionalitat. Finalme nt, el llibret que acompanya aquest producte audiovisual conté les explicacions imprescindibles per a la millor comprensió del discurs que ofereixen les imatges i les cançons.

Author Notes

Kenneth C. Davis is an American popular historian, best known for his Don't Know Much About... series. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Davis attended Concordia College, Bronxville in New York, and Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York City. Davis's second book, Don't Know Much About History, spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly 1.5 million copies. This unexpected success launched the Don't Know Much About... series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Horn Book Review

A question-and-answer approach is used in these books about two Americans, taking the reader from their subjects' early lives through adulthood. In addition to the accomplishments of each and the effect they had on American history, Davis includes little-known details of their lives. The cluttered format includes sidebars, drawings and archival photographs. Timeline. Bib., ind. [Review covers these Don't Know Much About titles: Don't Know Much about Rosa Parks and Don't Know Much about Thomas Jefferson.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. The only tired I was, was tired of giving in. Far from the myth of the naive little seamstress, this biography shows Parks as a longtime human rights activist whose refusal to give up her seat on the bus in 1955 grew from her many years of political work. Part of the Don't Know Much About series, this conveys history in a question-and-answer format. The accessible text and design invite discussion among readers (including some older than the target audience). Plenty of questions (Why did Rosa Parks join the NAACP in 1943? Who were the Scottsboro Boys? ) and clear, detailed answers; dramatic sidebars; quotes; and news photos and sketches clarify the history of the civil rights struggle and introduce people who made a difference. A bibliography and a chronology are included, but there are only a few documented sources. Several other books in the same series, including one on Thomas Jefferson, are now also available. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2005 Booklist