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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Events & Resources


Group tours for ten or more visitors are available by request Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 am. Please email with the group size and your preferred date and time.

Ask a Librarian Station

Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 am – noon, according to staff availability

In a mobile research station in the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to delve more deeply into subjects, themes, collection materials, and online research resources related to Parks's life through direct interaction with librarians and library volunteers.

Public Programs

Curator's Talk: Rosa Parks, Before the Bus

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 11-11:30 am
Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

In honor of the anniversary of Rosa Parks's birth on February 4, exhibition curator Adrienne Cannon will discuss Parks's childhood and family life before the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Book Talk: Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:30-1:30 pm
LJ-119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

Anne Farris Rosen discusses her father John Herbers' memoir, Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist. Herbers, a New York Times correspondent, covered the civil rights movement in the South for more than a decade, including the trial for the murder of Emmett Till, the murders of four young black girls in the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing, and multiple civil rights marches. Event to include display of selected original newspapers, comic books, and graphic novels related to the civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks: The History and the Heart

Thursday, February 13, 7:00-8:30 pm, Thomas Jefferson Building – Registration will be required. Check the Library's events page for registration information

Jeanne Theoharis, biographer of Mrs. Parks, and historian Douglas Brinkley in conversation with Michel Martin of NPR. Exhibition curator Adrienne Cannon will introduce the program.

Special Event: Winter Main Reading Room Open House

Monday, February 17, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Library's annual Main Reading Room Open House event will feature a focus on African American history and the civil rights movement in honor of the Rosa Parks exhibition and African American History Month. The program will include:

Rosa Parks Ask a Librarian station, 10:30 am – noon
Location: Rosa Parks exhibition entrance, second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Drop in to talk with a librarian about resources related to Rosa Parks available from the Library of Congress.

Preserving Family Photographs workshop, 11:00 am – noon
Location: Programs Lab, LJ-G27, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Andrew Robb from the Library's Conservation Division will discuss ways you can organize, house, and store your family photographs, with reference to the preservation efforts around Rosa Parks's family photo albums. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. Tickets are available via Eventbrite at External

Conversation with Keith Knight, 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: LJ119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Cartoonist Keith Knight is known for his comic strips including The Knight Life, th(ink) and The K Chronicles. "Woke", a new live-action/animated comedy based on Knight's life, will premiere on Hulu in June. Warren Bernard, executive director of the Small Press Expo, will interview Knight about his life and career. Tickets are available via Eventbrite at External

Between 10:00 am and 3 pm, children ages 6 and up and their families are encouraged to stop by the Young Readers Center to create collage art based on the work of printmaker Amos Kennedy using the words of Rosa Parks based on Kennedy's work on display in the exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words.

Printmaker Amos Kennedy & Socially Conscious Art

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 5:30-6:30 pm
Programs Lab, LJ-G25, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

In this conversation with Library of Congress Curator of Fine Prints Katherine Blood, printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. will discuss his artistic inspiration, with particular focus on Rosa Parks, and the work and role of socially conscious art. Kennedy will follow the discussion with a demonstration of his work.

Online Resources including Digitized Collections


  • Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus
    Elaine Steele, Ella McCall Haygan, and Anita Peek give first-hand accounts of Mrs. Parks' life and legacy after her historical arrest.
  • Rosa Parks Collection: Telling Her Story at the Library of Congress
    Highlights of the collection of Rosa Parks, a seminal figure of the Civil Rights Movement, was placed on loan with the Library in 2014 and became a permanent gift in 2016 through the generosity of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. This video contains highlights from the collection and a look behind the scenes at how the Library's team of experts in cataloging, preservation, digitization, exhibition and teacher training are making the legacy of Rosa Parks available to the world. 

Online Exhibitions

  • African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
    This exhibition showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress. Rosa Parks's role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott is mentioned in the Civil Rights section.
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom
    This exhibition, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, explores the events that shaped the civil rights movement, as well as the far-reaching impact the act had on a changing society.
  • Voices of Civil Rights
    This exhibition documents events during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This exhibition draws from the thousands of personal stories, oral histories, and photographs collected by the “Voices of Civil Rights” project.
  • “With an Even Hand”: Brown v. Board at Fifty
    This exhibition includes a photograph of Rosa Parks being fingerprinted as well images of her arrest record.


In association with the University of Georgia Press, the Library of Congress will publish Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words, as a companion to the exhibition. Written by Susan Reyburn with a foreword by Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress, the publication will be available for sale in the Library’s gift shop beginning in December and online in January 2020.

Classroom Resources

Read More About It

  • Brinkley, Douglas. Rosa Parks. New York: Viking/Penguin, 2003.
  • Collier-Thomas, Bettye and V.P. Franklin, eds. Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2001.
  • Keys, Sheila McCauley. Our Auntie Rosa: The Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons.  New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
  • McGuire, Danielle. At the Dark End of the Street. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
  • Osborne, Linda Barrett. Women of the Civil Rights Movement. San Francisco: Pomegranate; Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2006.
  • Parks, Rosa, with Gregory J. Reed. Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing, 1994.
  • Theoharis, Jeanne. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Boston: Beacon Press, 2013.

For Young Readers

  • Bjornlund, Lydia. Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Detroit: Lucent Books, 2008.
  • Fine, Edith Hope. Rosa Parks: Meet a Civil Rights Hero. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2004.
  • Greenfield, Eloise. Rosa Parks. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1995.
  • Herman, Gail. Who Was Coretta Scott King? New York, New York: Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2017.
  • Nelson, Maria. Coretta Scott King. 1st ed. New York: Gareth Stevens Pub., 2012.
  • Parks, Rosa, with Jim Haskins. My Story. New York: Dial Books, 1992.
  • Parks, Rosa with Jim Haskins. I am Rosa Parks. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1997.
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