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Douglass Leadership House Speaker

Rush Rhees Library Welles-Brown Room
Monday, April 1, 2013
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

The Frederick Douglass House Presents: "More Than Tired: Debunking the Myth of Mrs. Rosa Parks."

Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks and professor at CUNY-Brooklyn, will give a talk.

The familiar story of Rosa Parks is that she was a tired, old seamstress whose refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, launching the modern civil rights movements. Professor Theoharis takes apart the myth of Parks as demure, tired, and old.  She presents a much more nuanced history of Rosa Parks’ training as an activist, her membership in the NAACP, her life after Montgomery, and her work in Detroit where she lived until her death in 2005.  Rosa Parks was more than tired; she was prepared to make a difference.

The event is free and open to the public. The talk will be followed by a book-signing and reception. Cosponsored by the Black Students' Union, Women of Color Circle, Women's Caucus, the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies and a generous grant from the Harrott Constitutional Fund.