Last Friday Monthly Video and Discussion, February 24, 2023, 7:15 pm

The documentary movie “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks”, directed by Yoruba Richen was released in 2022. It is based on the book of the same title written by Jeanne Theoharis. Last October, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now interviewed both author and director. Though not a substitute for seeing the film itself, this 47-minute interview provides much insight into Rosa Parks’ life beyond her refusal to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Please join us as we watch the interview over Zoom this Friday evening.

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From the Democracy Now website about the interview:

The new documentary “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” gives a comprehensive look at the legacy of the woman known for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement. Beyond helping to inspire the Montgomery bus boycott that ended Alabama’s bus segregation law, Parks was also a lifelong supporter of the Black Power movement and organized in campaigns to seek justice for wrongfully imprisoned Black people, political prisoners, and Black rape survivors like Recy Taylor, whose case Parks investigated for the NAACP in 1944. We speak to the film’s co-director, Yoruba Richen, who says Parks paid a price for her activism, including having to leave Montgomery for Detroit to escape public backlash. “We often think of these civil rights leaders as heroic, and [they] make these stances, and then everything’s fine. But the risk and the danger that they face is often not explored,” says Richen. We also speak with Jeanne Theoharis, author of the best-selling biography “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” on which the documentary is based, and a consulting producer. “She shows up for everything,” Theoharis says of Parks’s activism. “She is looking for all different kinds of strategies to challenge the kind of racial injustice in this country, the social injustice, poverty, war.”

The movie itself is available to members of Peacock.

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