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When Rosa Parks died in 2005, she became the first woman and second African American to lie in honor in the Capitol rotunda, where forty thousand Americans paid tribute to her passing. Yet, argues professor Jeanne Theoharis, Parks’s iconization by a nation eager to place the civil rights movement firmly in the past, has reduced her contributions to a single act on a bus, rather than a lifetime of political service.
Jeanne Theoharis is professor of political science at Brooklyn College of CUNY. She received her AB in Afro-American studies from Harvard College and a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is the author or coauthor of six books and numerous articles on the black freedom struggle and the contemporary politics of race in the United States.
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