Rosa Parks was a real person. It’s easy to look at figures of the past as larger than life when they are only pictures in the history books. A new collection of items from Ms. Parks’ personal life reveal a side of her not widely seen before.
“To mark the late civil rights icon’s February 4 birthday, the Library of Congress opened up a collection of her letters, photographs, and notes for speeches. This document, written around 1956, is a highlight. In it, Parks explains her personal act of resistance, placing it in the context of the broader fight against segregation and what she calls the ‘horrible restrictions of the Jim Crow laws.'”