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October 25, 2005:

Rosa Parks, 1913-2005



A special edition of the Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Library Media Center Newsletter 

"When he saw me still sitting, he asked if I was going to stand up and I said, 'No, I'm not.' And he said, 'Well, if you don't stand up, I'm going to have to call the police and have you arrested.' I said, 'You may do that.' " --Rosa Parks, interviewed in the civil rights documentary, Eyes on the Prize

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Fifty years ago, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, and that simple act of civil disobedience became the spark for the Montgomery Bus Boycott.   In an obituary, the New York Times refers to her refusal as "a mythic event that helped touch off the civil rights movement of the 50's and 60's." 


Years later, she was the recipient of both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The memory of her quiet strength and determination will always give us inspiration.  


The following titles in our collection deal directly or tangentially with Rosa Parks and the bus boycott:

  • African-Americans marching to freedom Interviews and archival film are used to trace the development of the African-American Civil Rights movement from Jim Crow segregation through the 1990s.
  • Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years The seminal documentary series about the Civil Rights Movement of the 50's and 60's. 
  • In Remembrance of Martin This tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., is composed of testimonies by his family, associates, and government leaders, and includes documentary footage. 
  • The Long Walk Home When an African-American housekeeper honors the Montgomery Bus Boycott, her white employer offers to drive her, defying her husband and their neighbors.   Effective film stars Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek.
  • The Murder of Emmett Till  In Montgomery, only months before the boycott, a young black man was killed for whistling at a white woman, and his killers were acquitted.
  • The Second American Revolution From A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers. 


Other videos in our collection that deal with the Civil Rights movement in the 20th century:



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Media Center Staff:

Andrea Slonosky,  Media Librarian  (718) 488-1311  Andrea.Slonosky@liu.edu
Patrick Jewell,  Media Assistant  (718) 488-3392  Patrick.Jewell@liu.edu
Lisa Rivera,  Media Assistant  (718) 780-4378