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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Three calligraphy examples showing “Mrs. Rosa Parks” written in Chinese (pink paper strip), Arabic (yellow paper strip), Hindi and Tamil (green paper strip), between 1970 and 2000. Ink on colored construction paper. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (063.00.00, 063.00.01, 063.00.02)


The story of Rosa Parks’s bus stand received international newspaper coverage. Her humble demeanor and philosophy of “Quiet Strength” were particularly resonant in Asia. She was sent prayer beads from India, received an honorary degree from Soka University, and her books were translated into Japanese. These paper strips showing “Mrs. Rosa Parks” written in Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, and Tamil scripts further attest to the high esteem in which she was held.