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Rosa Parks Movies

If you are looking for great movies to watch during Black History Month, Women's History month, or supplement at-home learning, you’ll want to check out these Rosa Parks Movies.

As we approach Black History, many will be searching for Black History movies, including movies about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But, we can't talk about MLK, without mentioning Rosa Parks.

Who is Rosa Parks?

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks sparked a revolution by sitting still. Her simple act of defiance against racial segregation on city buses inspired the African American Movement of Montgomery Alabama to unite under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Over the course of a year, the legendary bus boycott would test the endurance of the peaceful protestors, overturn an unjust law, and create a legacy of mighty times that continues to inspire social justice activists today.

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Movies About Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks The First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)

Rosa Parks The First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born a granddaughter to former slaves, on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in December of 1955, spurred a city-wide boycott and unleashed nationwide efforts to end segregation of public facilities. Her brave and unwavering determination proved monumental.

My Life With Rosie
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Carolyn Williamson Green, Jeanne Theoharis (Actors)

My Life With Rosie

The documentary examines the relationship between the civil rights legend Rosa Parks & Carolyn Green and discusses Green's quest to continue her cousin's legacy of black activism in America.

Ode to Rosa
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Derek Thomas Stokes Jr., Arthur Roach, Jae Boddie (Actors)

Ode to Rosa

When Chuck Houston, a happy-go-lucky bus driver, agrees to work the worst bus route in the city (X666) we see what happens when unruly passengers fail to honor Rosa Parks or respect the ride.

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The film explores the bus as a microcosm of society, complete with the indifferent, and draws from writer, Eulonda Kay Lea's, experiences commuting daily on the Washington, DC bus system.

Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks (VHS & Teacher's Viewing Guide)
  • Robert Hudson and Bobby Houston (Director)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks

From the Teaching Tolerance series, a production of the Southern Poverty Law Center. An entertaining and educational documentary, featuring stunning original black & white footage, and music by Keb Mo, John Lee Hooker, and more.

Free with a BET+ trial on Prime Video Channels:

Rosa Parks Story: Ride To Freedom, The
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Angela Bassett, Cicely Tyson, Peter Francis (Actors)

Rosa Parks Story: Ride To Freedom

Angela Bassett stars in the story that sparked the birth of the modern civil rights movement in the late 1950s.

Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks Story
  • Roger Guenveur Smith, Isaiah Washington, Loretta Devine (Actors)

Behind the Movement: The Rosa Park Story

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Interweaving vintage newsreels, stock footage, and home movies with scenes depicting events surrounding the birth of the civil rights movement, this made-for-cable drama recounts the story behind the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott of 1955. 

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In Remembrance of Martin

Personal comments from family, friends, and advisors fill this remarkable documentary honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Rosa Parks Story Netflix

Are there any new movies about Rosa Parks?

Shadow and Act reported that:

The story of civil rights icon Rosa Parks is headed to theaters for what could be the first time, according to Deadline. Titled Rosa, the script will be written by Charlie Kessler and Hamid Torabpour and will be produced by Winter State Entertainment.

The film will chronicle the first 24 hours after Parks' well-documented arrest on December 1, 1955. Rosa is being fast-tracked go into production and be released in 2019.

If you want to continue digging deeper, be sure to check out these children’s books.  

To continue this unit study, check out these Black History month writing prompts. 

If you'd like to continue with a women's history unit study, check out the “Her Story in History” packet, too. 

Rosa is also on this list of 15 African Americans Who Changed History. See who else is on the list.


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