Rosa Parks’ Papers Are Now Online

[Rosa] Parks never stopped being politically active, even later in life. In 1986, she picketed the headquarters of General Motors along with U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) to protest the company’s decision to close five of its plants in Michigan.

The Library of Congress announced that its Rosa Parks collection is finally online.  Read about everything from her meditations on the Civil Rights Movement to her recipe for “featherlite” peanut butter pancakes.

As Smart News reported last year, the collection, which consists of over 10,000 documents, photos and objects, is on loan to the Library of Congress for the next decade. The loan is thanks to philanthropist Howard Buffett, who saved the collection from an auction warehouse and decided to preserve the activist’s physical legacy.

Parks, who died in 2005, did more than refuse to surrender her bus seat in 1955. She translated life as a seamstress in the segregated South into a role as a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement and worked the rest of her life to combat racism, prejudice and discrimination. Now, that legacy continues with a trove of items that paints a vividly personal picture of the civil rights icon … Click here to read Rosa Parks’ papers online

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