Susan Reyburn, senior writer-editor in the Library of Congress Publishing Office, will visit Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 to discuss her new book “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words.”
The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the museum’s auditorium.
Until recently, Rosa Parks’ personal papers were unavailable to the public. In this new book from the Library of Congress, where the Parks Collection is housed, Parks is revealed for the first time in print through her private manuscripts and handwritten notes. “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,” published by the University of Georgia Press in association with the Library of Congress, shares the civil rights icon’s inner thoughts, ongoing struggles and how she came to be the person who took her stand by refusing to relinquish her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white male passenger in 1955.
Parks’ precise descriptions of her arrest, the segregated South and her recollections of childhood resistance to white supremacy document a lifetime of battling inequality.
“At the Rosa Parks Museum, we strive to help our visitors gain a more complete understanding of Mrs. Parks ‘beyond the bus.’ So, I’m looking forward to this important discussion with Ms. Reyburn and to learning more about the Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress,” said Dr. Felicia Bell, the museum’s director.
The book features 100 color and black-and-white photographs from the Parks collection, many appearing in print for the first time, and includes a forward by Carla D. Hayden, a Librarian of Congress.
Reyburn is the author of “Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game,” “Women Who Dare: Amelia Earhart,” and “Gardens and Landscapes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.” She also is co-author of “Baseball Americana,” “Treasures from the Library of Congress,” “The Library of Congress: World War II Companion,” and “The Civil War Desk Reference.”
Reyburn has also written for a variety of Library of Congress publications on classic American film, theater, art and architecture, and numerous works for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.