Screening and Director Q&A: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Feb 2023

Based on the bestselling biography by Jeanne Theoharis and executive produced by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, this crucial documentary on the “mother of the Civil Rights movement,” Rosa Parks, is a comprehensive telling of the icon’s lifelong dedication to activism. The film chronicles her historic role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, her work in politics alongside Congressman John Conyers in Detroit, and the many causes along the way, such as voting rights and reparations, that she fearlessly championed until her death in 2005.

Directors Yoruba Richen and Johanna Hamilton expertly weave together interviews from many great academics and activists such as Bryan Stevenson, Patrisse Cullors and Ericka Huggins, along with personal stories from her family, and remarkable footage of Mrs. Parks herself, to dispel myths and to illuminate her decades-worth of extensive organizing, strategizing, and activism in the pursuit of Black liberation. 

Join us for a free in-person screening of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, followed by a Q&A with director Yoruba Richen. Dinner will be provided.

NOTE: You MUST REGISTER below to reserve your seat. Attendees not affiliated with Columbia Law School will need to provide their name to the Public Safety officer upon entering Jerome Greene Hall. Only registered attendees will be allowed into the building.

This event is organized and sponsored by Columbia Law School's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and Columbia Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement. Co-sponsors include Empowering Women of Color (EWOC), Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and Columbia University Life.

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Lilia Hadjiivanova

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