Graphic Novel Review: Rosa Parks: The Life of a Civil Rights Heroine

Today is Thanksgiving, so I thought it fitting to post this review today. The election is over, and there are always people who need to be convinced to vote, or there are questions going around asking people why they’re voting.

My answer is always the same: I always vote. And I always vote because too many people have died and bled and fought for me to have that right.

So, today, I am grateful for women and men like Rosa Parks who fought tirelessly for me to have the right to vote and the right to live without knowing the humiliation of segregation. I am also thankful for those like Rob Shone and Nik Spender who recognize that the stories of the men and women who participated in the Civil Rights Movement are so important that they need to be told–and even the most reluctant reader needs to be able to read/engage with them.

Rosa Parks: The Life of Civil Rights Heroine is an introduction to the life and work of Rosa Parks. The reader learns about her life as a child and her work as a civil rights champion. There’s so much more to her story than the fact that she refused to give up her seat, and this helps us understand more about her. I also really like and appreciate the inclusion of the history/rise of Jim Crow laws. Really ace inclusion of historical context. Plus, the pictures are amazing and help make the story pop.

Source: mine

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