Mar 01, 2012 - Sale 2271

Sale 2271 - Lot 266

Price Realized: $ 6,000
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Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
ROSA PARKS IN HER OWN WORDS (CIVIL RIGHTS.) PARKS, ROSA. Mrs. Rosa Parks Reports on Montgomery Ala. Bus Protests. Five mimeographed folio pages, stapled. Highlander Folk School, Monteagle Tennessee, [1956]

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rare printed transcription of rosa parks on her refusal to move to the back of the bus, and the subsequent Montgomery bus boycott, told in her own words. This was printed just three months after her act. The talk was taped during a Public School Integration Workshop conducted at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle Tennessee, on March 3rd and 4th of 1956, and mimeographed for distribution to students and faculty.
"it was not at all pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn't feel like obeying his demand. He called a policeman and I was arrested and placed in jail, later released on a $100 bond and brought to trial on December 5th." Rosa Parks was a student at the school when she participated in the discussion. This is quite likely the only existing record of her words that day. It was December 1st, 1955, only 3 months earlier that Rosa Parks had refused to move, so these are her thoughts on her act and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in general, told while still quite fresh. It is hard to believe that more than a few copies of this transcription exist. The Highlander Folk School, was a social justice leadership training school and cultural center located in Monteagle, Tennessee. Founded in 1932 by activist Myles Horton, educator Don West, and Methodist minister James A. Dombrowski, they were closed down by the state of Tennessee in 1961 because of their civil rights activism.