Rosa Parks goes digital
Rosa Parks goes digital Mary Mundy, senior archives specialist, left, and Maricia Battle, curator, prints and photographs division, explain items in the Rosa Parks archive to members of the media during a media preview at the Library of Congress, Madison Building, in Washington. The archive is now online. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Rosa Parks goes digital
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Rosa Parks' archive of letters, writings, personal notes and photographs has been fully digitized by the Library of Congress. It is now available online.
The library has announced that the collection of 10,000 items belonging to Parks is available to the public.
Her collection was kept from the public for years. That is because of a legal battle between her heirs and friends. But in 2014, philanthropist Howard Buffett bought the collection. He placed it on long-term loan at the national library.
The collection presents a more complex portrait of Parks. She is remembered for a single, iconic act of civil disobedience. Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. That act sparked a yearlong bus boycott that helped dismantle formal segregation.
Parks died in 2005 at 92. She wrote of feeling lonely and lost as she lived through the struggle with segregation. After her arrest, Parks lost her job as a tailor at Montgomery's largest department store because of her activism. Her husband, Raymond, lost his job, too. The couple sank into deep poverty. They moved to Detroit but continued to struggle.
She traveled with the NAACP, pressing for civil rights. She eventually landed a job at Hampton Institute in Virginia, earning $3,700 a year. The school is now Hampton University. 

Not until 1965, when Parks was hired for the district office of Michigan Rep. John Conyers, did she finally earn a steady, living wage, archivists say.
The collection reveals Parks had an aggressive edge. She supported more radical actions seeking equality over the years, archivists said. She used her symbolic status to support Malcolm X, gatherings of Black Panthers and the Wilmington 10 in North Carolina.
The library now holds about 7,500 manuscript items and 2,500 photographs from Parks. They include the Bible she kept in her pocket, letters from admirers and her Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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How does this new digital archive promote Rosa Parks’ old old papers, letters and notes?
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  • ellans-1-bar
    3/02/2016 - 08:51 p.m.

    This new digital archive promoted Rosa Park;s old paper, letters, and notes in a new more complex portray of her. In this article it states, "The collection presents a more complex portrait of Parks. She is remembered for a single, iconic act of civil disobedience." The new way she is admired expresses her way of standing out and fighting for what she believed in. I think this article is interesting, because is shows that there is always another side to a story. In this case, Rosa's own personal thoughts were added to her story.

  • william1108-yyca
    3/03/2016 - 12:43 a.m.

    This new digital archive promotes Rosa Parks' old personal documents because now that it is online, anyone can access it and if the original copies were to every get destroyed, (probably won't) they will still be out for those to see. I think it is great that they have made her letters and writings digital. In some places they could inspire other people, she alone was inspirational but now all of her writings are out for people to read.

  • victorp1-kut
    3/03/2016 - 07:47 a.m.

    I mean people should be able to go digital if they want to.
    these important things is like Dr.Martin Luther King JR.

  • ritav-hol
    3/03/2016 - 04:11 p.m.

    I think it's really amazing to have some her letters digital,since she is a mark in history

  • marisola-Orv
    3/03/2016 - 05:54 p.m.

    Rosa Parks is an incredible women. She stood up for what she believed in and she did what's right. Even if she was standing alone Stand up for what you believe in even if you Stand Alone.

  • kaylag1012-
    3/03/2016 - 07:25 p.m.

    This new digital archive promotes Rosa Parks' old old papers, letters, and notes by sparking an interest in other parts of her life that were not yet uncovered. In the text it states,"She is remembered for a single, iconic act of civil disobedience." This supports my claim because after reading the newer digitalized work people might want to look more into her life and other accomplishments.

  • johnd-3-bar
    3/03/2016 - 08:01 p.m.

    The digital archive promote Rosa Parks’ old old papers, letters and notes because the are assessable to the public. Rosa Parks "collection was kept from the public for years." It is now open to the public so the people can look at it. I liked the article

  • calis-3-bar
    3/03/2016 - 08:18 p.m.

    Civilization is advancing, and with it, so is technology. If people see Rosa Parks' old works, they will have them at their fingertips, and at easy access. SO, going digital will get those works around the world so all can see. I liked this article. I like Rosa Parks and am interested in the technological advancements.

  • oscarb-1-bar
    3/03/2016 - 10:51 p.m.

    The new archive promotes Park's because of the new information people are learning about her. In the article it says, " The collection presents a more complex portrait of Parks". This mean that with the little information people knew about her we learned only a little part of her story. Because of her brave and heroic actions, she got fired from her job and was in poverty the rest of her life. These actions helping marcom x and the black panthers also helped her image (not like it was about her look like a good person, but for others to appreciate her more). I think that it was so amazing that she stood up for herself and blacks against prejudice people and for all of it too have such a horrible rest of her life. She is the definition of a hero because she put herself in front of the problem to benefit others.

  • samanthas-1-ste
    3/04/2016 - 02:04 p.m.

    Most things are done online now, and these photographs being available online makes them visible to everyone who chooses to view them. Basically anyone nowadays has access to internet so these pictures can be seen by just about everybody.

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