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Ms. Elaine Eason Steele (1944-) spent 44 years with Mrs. Parks as her assistant and co-founder of Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development.

They worked together on several civil and human rights projects. Ms. Steele was pivotal in the Pathways to Freedom program and in every decision of all books with Mrs. Parks. Ms. Steele was also a producer for “The Rosa Parks Story”, a made-for-television film.

Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development

Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins, Rosa Parks: My Story. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1992.

Rosa Parks and Gregory J. Reed, Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today’s Youth. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1996. This book was honored in 1996 with the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)’s Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Children’s Literature Category). This book served as the inspiration for this exhibition.

Douglas Brinkley, Rosa Parks. New York: Penguin Lives, 2000.

Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins, I AM ROSA PARKS. New York: Puffin (reprint edition) 1999. Recommended for preschool-aged children.


Nelson Mandela. Long Walk to Freedom. London: Little, Brown and Company, 1995. Long Walk to Freedom has been translated in multiple languages, including the other 10 official languages spoken in South Africa. An easy reading version for learners is also available. For young readers, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has published a popular comic series based on the book.

Mac Maharaj and Ahmed Kathrada, eds. Mandela: The Authorized Portrait. Auckland, New Zealand: PQ Publishers Ltd., 2006.

Peter Limb. Nelson Mandela: A Bibliography. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2008

Nelson Mandela Museum

Nelson Mandela Foundation

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Thank You Sister Rosa", featuring Cyril Neville & Mark Bryan, courtesy of the O Museum, Washington, D.C.

“Enough” Lyrics By Paul Williams, music by Mark Bryan & Ranky Tanky, courtesy of the O Museum, Washington, D.C.