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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks recalls childhood encounter with a white boy who threatened to hit her, ca. 1956–1958. Autograph manuscript. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (010.00.00)

Childhood Encounter

Sylvester Edwards, a supporter of the fiery Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey, taught his granddaughter Rosa “never to accept mistreatment.” In this autobiographical sketch Rosa describes a childhood encounter with a white boy named Franklin who threatened to hit her. She picked up a brick and dared him to try, revealing the feistiness that would incite her famous 1955 bus stand. Franklin retreated.