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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful portrait of a civil rights champion; violence.

Movie NR 2022 96 minutes
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This film does justice to the civil rights activist who set out to end injustice. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Parks offers kids and teens a comprehensive account of the Alabama native's life that begins as a Black child growing up in the U.S. segregated South during the early 20th century. Parks reveals that she had to walk three miles to go to school. "I'd see the bus pass by my house every day," she recalls, and "the bus was among the first ways that I realized that there was a Black world and a White world." It's an experience that later leads Parks on a path to the U.S. civil rights movement, which includes the launch of a landmark boycott to end bus segregation. "We are not in a struggle against Black and White," she says, "but wrong and right."

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