Join H. H. Leonards as she discusses her new book, “Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership,” a collection of inspiring and instructive memories compiled from the decade that Parks was a guest in Leonards’s Washington, D.C. home. During those years, Leonards was able to know the heart, mind, and spirit of the woman who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus on December 1, 1955. She shares her remembrances of Parks in a way that offers readers an intimate and personal glimpse into her personhood. Rosa Parks’s story, as told through the eyes of Leonards, also touches on the journey of African-American women who have somehow managed to survive a system that cared little about the indignities they suffered―from discrimination to sexual assault. While many of her contemporaries attempted to define her as the woman who refused to give up her seat on the bus, she was more than the sum of one pivotal decision. She was decidedly multi-dimensional. The book is a personal look into Parks’ life, her thoughts, her beliefs, and her immense wisdom that moved people to seek and revere her presence.
Presented by the CCAC and Rudolph Girls Bookstore