‘Our Auntie Rosa’: A Book by the Family of Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks

(L-R) – Rosa Parks (AP Files), ‘Our Auntie Rosa’ cover (GoodReads.com)

(SBN) – Imagine sitting in your elementary school social studies class when the lesson turns to a woman you’ve known as simply ‘Auntie Rosa’ for all your young life, only to learn that she’s an iconic figure from the 1960 Civil Rights Movement.  Such was the case for then Sheilia McCauley — now Sheilia McCauley-Keys –decades ago, who said the other students giggled when she said, “That’s my Auntie Rosa.”

McCauley-Keys is the 7th niece of Parks; she and other family members lovingly shared their memories of their famous aunt in the book titled ‘Our Auntie Rosa‘.

SBN’s Kim Lampkins spoke with Mrs. Keys who recalled several stories, to include how riding in a car with her Auntie Rosa behind the wheel was always a “harrowing experience.”  Evidently the Mrs. Parks “thought she could drive” when “she really couldn’t.”


Rosa Parks, whose refusal to move to the back of a bus, touched off the Montgomery bus boycott and the beginning of the civil rights movement, is fingerprinted by police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 22, 1956. She was among some 100 people charged with violating segregation laws. (AP Photo/Gene Herrick)


Civil Rights worker Rosa Parks, left and Dr. Martin Luther King, second from left, present the Rosa Parks Outstanding Freedom Award to Reverend James Bevel and his wife Diane Bevel in a ceremony at the annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 13, 1965. (AP Photo)


The statue of African-American civil rights activist Rosa Parks is seen in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, the anniversary of her courageous act of defiance 59 years ago today, when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated city bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala. Her actions that day and the ensuing Montgomery bus boycott became important symbols of the modern civil rights movement. The bronze statue was placed in the Capitol in 2013 on her 100th birthday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


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