MONTGOMERY-Author Jeanne Theoharis will read from and discuss her new book, "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks," during an appearance at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m.
Theoharis, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, will speak inside the museum auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
"The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" examines Parks’ six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.
Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks' politics and years of activism. She shows readers how this civil rights movement radical sought--for more than a half a century--to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.
Theoharis received an AB in Afro-American studies from Harvard College and a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is the author or co-author of four books and articles on the black freedom struggle.