The Rosa Parks Story



The Rosa Parks Story traces the life and history of one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most indelible social activists. This inspiring television film explores the salient moments in Parks’s childhood and adult life that helped shape her philosophy of quiet strength that resulted in her historic moment of peaceful defiance on a segregated bus in 1955.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, started a revolution. She stepped onto a city bus that evening, exhausted from a long day of sewing at a local department store, and took an empty seat in the designated “colored” section. As the “white” section at the front of the bus filled, the white driver ordered Parks to give up her seat. She refused, and was arrested and jailed. Rosa Parks’s act of courage and defiance inspired others to organize the Montgomery bus boycott, one of the most successful non-violent protests in American history. The highly publicized standoff, which lasted 381 days, ended when the U.S. Supreme Court declared bus segregation unconstitutional.

THE ROSA PARKS STORY was filmed in Montgomery, Alabama, site of Rosa Parks’s courageous action on a city bus and birthplace of the modern Civil Rights Movement. This also marks the first time Parks has participated in a screen adaptation of her life.

Angela Bassett portrays Rosa Parks, Cicely Tyson plays Rosa’s supportive mother, Leona; Peter Francis James portrays Rosa’s loving husband, Raymond. Dexter Scott King, the son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., makes a cameo appearance as his father.

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CBS Poster for the Broadcast Premiere of "The Rosa Parks Story"



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