The First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement
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This cogent documentary offers both a biography of Parks and a look at the background to and unfolding of a seminal moment in the civil rights movement.
As the program traces her early years, it also provides information on life in the segregated South, Jim Crow laws, the founding of the NAACP, and obstacles to black voting. It then explores the events that led to her historic action (including the NAACP’s larger legal strategy and the Brown case) and recounts the Montgomery Bus Boycott and how it sparked the legal end of segregated transportation. Period film footage and photographs, expert commentary, and clear narration help illuminate Parks’s story.
7 and up
Color and black-and-white