Lauren Burke says "They won't tell you this in school…" is how my parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles began a lot of sentences. What usually followed was an uncomfortable truth, a painful memory, or lesson. In my experience, Black history is mostly an oral history passed down in the community via elders. Once, at a National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) event, my father instructed me to pay close attention to a speaker who began their talk by saying, “They won't tell you this in school, but Rosa Parks was a radical.”
Join American writer and illustrator, Lauren Burke as she introduces her graphic novel It's Her Story: Rosa Parks celebrating a lifetime of activism versus a single moment in 1955 when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white passenger. Rosa's story takes in late nights, setbacks, and moments of doubt but also provides a vital understanding that while change is possible, it doesn't happen overnight. You have to put in the work.