The Rosa Parks Story
is a 2002 American television movie
written by Paris Qualles
and directed by Julie Dash
. Angela Basset
portrays Rosa Parks. It was broadcast by CBS
on February 24, 2002.
It tells the story of civil rights
heroine Rosa Parks
, whose refusal to obey a Montgomery, Alabama segregation
law prompts the first major Civil Rights
demonstration in the country. As a child, Rosa is educated in a private school run by the Religious Society of Friends
, where she is encouraged to overcome the limitations of a segregation based environment with other African Americans
in her home state of Alabama
. In her late teens she marries barber Raymond Parks, an advocate of equal rights for all. She eventually joins the local branch of the NAACP
, although her husband believes that the organization is ineffective in its ongoing battle against legalized racism
. On December 1, 1955, after working all day, the department store seamstress takes a seat in the designated "colored" section of a Montgomery city bus. When the "white" section at the front fills up, the white driver orders Parks to relinquish her seat. She refuses and is arrested and jailed. Her action results in a bus boycott and has a major impact on local religious leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Eventually a ruling by the Supreme Court declares bus segregation unconstitutional.
The movie begins with Rosa walking out to the angry mob who questions her with statements like, “what were... Read More