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The Rosa Parks Story (2002)

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A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Julie Dash

Writer:

Paris Qualles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bassett ... Rosa Louise McCauley Parks
Peter Francis James ... Raymond Parks
Tonea Stewart ... Johnnie Carr
Von Coulter Von Coulter ... E.D. Nixon
Dexter King Dexter King ... Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (as Dexter Scott King)
Afemo Omilami
Sonny Shroyer ... James F. Blake
Mike Pniewski ... Clifford Durr
Chardé Manzy Chardé Manzy ... Young Rosa (as Charde' Manzy)
Cicely Tyson ... Leona Edwards McCauley
Charles Black Charles Black ... Sylvester Edwards - Rosa's Grandfather
Nick LaTour ... Older Boycott Man
Susan McConnell Susan McConnell ... 1931 Store Manager
Timothy Parham Timothy Parham ... Elijah Banks
Gwen Waymon Gwen Waymon ... Jo Ann Robinson
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A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.

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America, 1955. Her act of courage changed the world. But how it changed her life has never been told... until now.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montgomery, Alabama, USA

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks: Why do you always push us around?
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Referenced in Black-ish: Christmas in Theater Eight (2018) See more »

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Commemoration is also a right!!!
4 November 2005 | by dataconflossmoorSee all my reviews

This comment is to commemorate the historic event fifty years ago whereby Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat on the bus in the devastatingly volatile southern state of Alabama. Her actions accelerated the snail's pace progress of civil rights tremendously!!..It is alarming to realize that not all that long ago, we as a nation were hopelessly mired in an abyss of racial hatred so deep, that Rosa Parks set a nationwide precedent, by simply refusing to acquiesce to the premise of racial inequality!!...It is abhorrent and reprehensible to think!! that Rosa Parks was punished, and subject to criminal repercussions, just because she was told that as an individual, she was inferior, and she did not concur!!...Rosa Parks said NO!! to racial hatred!!!...Rosa Parks said NO!! to baseless presumptions!!! and Rosa Parks became nauseated to the breaking point to say ENOUGH!! when she was denied a right that is ascertained by the constitution, a right that is pronounced by the scripture, and a right that is decreed by God...The right of equality!!!

In the past fifty years , we have made great strides in civil liberties and rights accorded us...However, the single biggest killer wolf in sheep's clothing, and the most deadly form of hatred, is when we say that hatred no longer exists!!! Many atrocities stemming from hatred which have been vitiated in the last fifty years are a form of self congratulatory accomplishment, but by no means, any indication of complete progress..Hatred is an insidious assassin which can strike without notice, if we pretend that racial and social hatred no longer exist, then we are capitulating to a lethal ignorance which will inevitably set us back to the dreadful days of repugnant oppression!! This incident was socially appalling!! I am an individual who detests even a modicum of social inequity, this qualifies me to uphold what I believe in on this issue, and so many other issues pertinent to egalitarianism as well!!... When Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up some fifty years ago, she was not imbued by some lofty idealism, rather, she enforced her rudimentary insight to justifiably object to what she felt was a horrible injustice!! Rosa Parks serves as a shining inspiration to many Americans, and she has instilled in them, the indispensable spirituality, to covet the privilege of freedom, and to cherish the right of equality!!!


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