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The hidden life of Rosa Parks - Riché D. Richardson

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Throughout her life, Rosa Parks repeatedly challenged racial violence and the prejudiced systems protecting its perpetrators. Her refusal to move to the back of a segregated bus ignited a boycott that lasted 381 days and helped transform civil rights activism into a national movement. But this work came at an enormous risk— and a personal price. Riché D. Richardson details the life of Rosa Parks.

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  • Educator Riche Richardson
  • Director Joash Berkeley
  • Narrator Christina Greer
  • Storyboard Artist Harol Bustos, Rommel Ruiz, Federico Epis
  • Animator Joash Berkeley, Chris Saez, Manuel Neto, Felipe Vargas, Seongjin Yoon, Taylor Peters, Reece Parker, Jose Peña
  • Art Director Joash Berkeley, Harol Bustos
  • Compositor Joash Berkeley
  • Sound Designer John Poon
  • Music John Poon, Alphonso Horne, Josh Cole, Todd Pentney, Daniel Kluger
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
  • Fact-checker Joseph Isaac
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Additional Resources for you to Explore
Here are some additional resources to learn more about Rosa Parks:

Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute

Troy University Rosa Parks Museum

Tour of Rosa Parks Museum

The Henry Ford Organization

Rosa Parks: A Resource Guide at the Library of Congress

National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture

Rosa Parks Statue at National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol

Rosa Parks Interviews

Interview 1
Interview 2
Interview 3

Films and Documentaries

Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks by Houston and Houston, Teaching Tolerance
Quiet Revolutionary
The Rosa Parks Story

Interviews Related to Rosa Parks

Interview with Elaine Steele, Rosa Parks’s Friend and Caretaker
Jeanne Theoharis on Political Biography of Rosa Parks on C-SPAN
The History Channel on Rosa Parks
Nikky Finney Reading from Red Velvet

Here’s some information on Claudette Colvin, The Girl Before Rosa Parks.

Books about Rosa Parks for Young Readers

Additional information about Recy Taylor and others involved with the Civil Rights Movement

The Rape of Recy Taylor Film Clip and Discussion

Johnnie Rebecca Carr and Fred Gray on Rosa Parks


Riché Richardson’s Scholarship and Art on Rosa Parks

Article on Quilt Exhibitions at Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery

Two selected Scholarly Work on Rosa Parks by Riché Richardson here and here.

Riché Richardson’s Rosa Parks Art Quilt

Riché Richardson’s Keynote and Participation in Stamp Unveiling at Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery

Associated Press. “Postal Service Unveils Stamp honoring Parks.” The Montgomery Advertiser. February 5, 2013.

Here are some resources about the educator’s Rosa Parks@100 talk at Cornell.

Video link

News Article

In the news

Riché Richardson’s TranAtlantica Interview on Rosa Parks

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Riche Richardson
  • Director Joash Berkeley
  • Narrator Christina Greer
  • Storyboard Artist Harol Bustos, Rommel Ruiz, Federico Epis
  • Animator Joash Berkeley, Chris Saez, Manuel Neto, Felipe Vargas, Seongjin Yoon, Taylor Peters, Reece Parker, Jose Peña
  • Art Director Joash Berkeley, Harol Bustos
  • Compositor Joash Berkeley
  • Sound Designer John Poon
  • Music John Poon, Alphonso Horne, Josh Cole, Todd Pentney, Daniel Kluger
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
  • Fact-checker Joseph Isaac
  • See more