Top of page

Ask Us Anything: Reddit AMA on Rosa Parks Papers 3/29

Share this post:

Rosa Parks, left, speaks with U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm
Rosa Parks, left, speaks with U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm

(The following is a guest post by Information Technology Specialist Michelle Rago.)

Library experts involved in making the papers of Rosa Parks available online will answer your questions in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session beginning at 9 a.m. (ET) on March 29, 2016. Join us on the AskHistorians subreddit.

The collection contains some 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs.  It is on loan to the Library for 10 years from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Parks, an African American, made history on Dec. 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Parks’ arrest triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a major event in the Civil Rights Movement.  Parks died at age 92, in 2005.

The Rosa Parks collection brings forward many details of her life and personality, from her experiences as a child in the segregated South to her problems finding work after the Montgomery Bus Boycott and from her love for her husband to her activism on civil-rights issues.

During the Reddit AMA experts from the Library of Congress Manuscripts Division, the Prints & Photographs Division, and Educational Outreach will take your questions about Rosa Parks and about how the Library cataloged, preserved, digitized, and made her papers available to the world.

To participate in the AMA you must have a Reddit account. If you can’t make it to the session you can always send questions through our Ask a Librarian service.



  1. Hi I’m Naomi Jotterand, I’m a 8th grader at Webster Transtional School in Cedarburg Wisconsin. I’m doing an extensive and important school project for NHD or National History Day that I would appreciate your help with. The topic I’m doing is Rosa parks which i thought you would be very knowledgeable about. If I could interview you within now and December 23, I would greatly appreciate the help. Thank you for your time if you cannot be interviewed please direct us to another expert in your knowledge.
    Thanks ,
    Naomi Jotterand

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.