Rosa Parks' manuscript copy of her book, " Quiet Strength: I Shall Not Be Moved. Reflections By and About Rosa L. Parks with Gregory J. Reed, Esq." Handwritten on the cover is, "Rosa Parks Copy".
Throughout the book are various handwritten notes and edits, done by Ms. Parks. These edits range from as simple as lines being crossed out to full sentences to be added to the book. For instance, after a section that mentions that Ms. Parks was found guilty of violating city laws for not giving up her seat, and being fined $10, she writes in, "Which I did not pay. It was appealed." Another written in addition notes, "...I did not think I should have to stand and be deprived of a seat." Another: "I asked the policeman, 'Why do you all push us around?' He said, 'I don't know, but the law is the law and you are under arrest'".
This annotated manuscript is a fascinating look at the process behind the creation of Rosa Parks' book. As the back cover of the book states, Ms. Parks "was simply tired of social injustice and did not think a woman should be forced to stand so that a man could sit down. Yet her simple act of courage set in motion a chain of events that changed forever the landscape of American race relations. Quiet Strength celebrates the principles and convictions that have guided her through a remarkable life. It is a printed record of her legacy - her lasting message to a world still struggling to live in harmony".
Lot also includes two 2 envelopes with first issue Rosa Parks 100th Anniversary stamps. The empty envelopes feature a cartoon picture of a bus. Plus an original color program from Rosa Parks' funeral c.2005. Program is in good condition and measures 11 x 8 1/2".
Note: From 2007 to 2014, Guernsey's was the custodian of the complete Rosa Parks Archive. Guernsey's was chosen for this humbling task by a Detroit court. When instructed by the court to find a permanent home for the collection, it was made perfectly clear that no items could be sold individually and that indeed the Archive, for historic reasons, had to stay together.
With offers from the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum, and many prominent Universities, the Archive was ultimately sold, intact, to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The Foundation never took possession of the Archive, but instead instructed Guernsey's to work closely with the United States Library of Congress, where the Archive now resides.
In an interview given on National Public Radio, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden described the Rosa Parks Archive as the "most important collection within the Library of Congress's 120 million documents, rare books, and other holdings".
From the Gregory Reed Collection. Gregory Reed was Rosa Parks' lawyer, and consequently had in his possession a number of documents relating to African American history and the Civil Rights movement. Additionally, he represented the family members and Estates of members of various Motown groups, such as the Temptations.