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  • Creator Nikki Giovanni ; illustrated by Bryan Collier
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication 1st ed. New York : Henry Holt, 2005.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • ISBNs 9780312376024, 0545042593, 0805071067, 9780545042598, 9780805071061, 0312376022
  • OCLC ocm57754461
  • Credits
    • Narrated by Nikki Giovanni. Music by Ernest V. Troost


  • The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance. Provides the story of the young black woman who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in Alabama, setting in motion all the events of the Civil Rights Movements that resulted in the end of the segregated south, gave equality to blacks throughout the nation, and forever changed the country in which we all live today. She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask "Auntie, are you going to move?" all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, "No." An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history. Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture-book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed. Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni's evocative text combines with Bryan Collier's striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.


  • Art techniques used: Illustrated in collage and water color, in both color and black and white.
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