Rosa Parks is one of the most well-known U.S. women of the 20th century and yet much of what has been taught about her is narrow, limited, and at times wrong.
This is changing, thanks to the release in 2021 of the young adult book, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, and a new film with the same title — both based on the Parks’ biography by Jeanne Theoharis.
We are excited that the film releases this week on Peacock. It is rare to have a people’s history text turned into a major film.
Watch the film and find teaching resources below. We recommend the Democracy Now! program on the film’s release, with extensive clips and interviews with historian Jeanne Theoharis and filmmaker Yoruba Richen.