Rosa Parks had a dynamic life as an activist that too few of us will ever know. The Alabama-native was a real-life heroine who cut her teeth investigating rapes for the NAACP long before she refused to give up her seat to a white patron in Montgomery.
After you uncover the many layers to her life and work, you'll see that she deserves to be celebrated right along the most visible male figures. Get acquainted with her heroism with these two books.
In painstaking detail, McGuire outlines the horrific rapes of Black women as well as the community response. Rosa Parks was an investigator for the Montgomery NAACP. She collected information on the gang rape of Recy Taylor in 1944.
The lore of Parks as a mild-mannered seamstress does not hold in this important exploration of Black women's activism.