The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks ★★★★★


This documentary tells the amazing story of Rosa Parks from her humble beginnings in Alabama to eventually working for U.S. Representative John Conyers. Being elected as secretary to her NAACP chapter in Alabama, she fought against segregation. She waited for the right time and the right way to stand up for her rights by not moving for a white person on a bus. She hired lawyer Fred Gray to represent her with the NAACP standing behind her. The events led to the greatest boycott in history: the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The film is not only engaging, but is of the utmost historical importance. Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor is also recommended for more in-depth detail on a case discussed in The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.

Two of the most important documentaries I’ve seen have come out of Tribeca Film Festival this year: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (available for at home viewing) and Lakota Nation vs. United States (not part of the at home selection). In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, we must remember those who have fought for our rights.