The 2022 documentary The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is based on the bestselling biography by Jeanne Theoharis, executive produced by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, and directed by Johanna Hamilton and Yoruba Richen.
The film chronicles Parks’ childhood, her activism before and during the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott, her work for Congressman John Conyers in Detroit, and her involvement in causes such as voting rights, anti-apartheid, reparations, fair housing, women’s rights, and the fight against police violence.
Thanks to support from the Soledad O’Brien Productions and The Ford Foundation, teachers and teacher educators can access licenses to share the film with their students from January 1 to March 31, 2023.
This offer is for teachers who received copies of the young readers edition of the book, Teaching for Black Lives study group members, teachers who attend the Teach the Black Freedom Struggle classes, and educators using Zinn Education Project people’s history lessons. If licenses remain, the offer will be made more widely.
To request a link to share the film, fill out the form below. You will be asked to provide your name, school, how you plan to use the film, and agree to share a story about using the film. We also encourage teachers to help spread the word about the film by sharing a post on social media, asking students to write reviews, alerting colleagues in a school district e-newsletter, etc.
Once you respond to the questions, you will receive a link from Perigon Live to preview and share the film with your students. The film can be screened multiple times in case you want to share it with different classes or decide to share it in sections over multiple class periods. There is a closed captions option listed under the HD icon.
More About the Film and Related Resources
The documentary includes interviews with Jeanne Theoharis, Barbara Smith, Robin D. G. Kelley, Francis Gourrier, Keisha N. Blain, Mary Frances Berry, Ericka Huggins, Bryan Stevenson, Patrice Cullors, Rev. JoAnn Watson, Dan Aldridge, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Frank Joyce, and more. Also included are recorded interviews from Eyes on the Prize with Jo Ann Robinson.
Learn about the film and see clips in this Democracy Now! program with Jeanne Theoharis and Yoruba Richen.
Other Ways to See the Film
The film is streaming on Peacock. Here is the trailer.
Check out the teaching guide for The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks book and film.
Find additional teaching resources below.