Media Advisory: <em>The Bus Ride That Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks</em> book signing

January 4, 2009
WHAT: The Bus Ride That Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks book signing
WHEN: Saturday, February 7, 2009; 1:00 to 3:00 PM
WHERE: National Museum of American History Kenneth E. Behring Center
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
WHO: Pamela Duncan Edwards

The Smithsonian Institution will host Pamela Duncan Edwards for a book signing event on Saturday, February 7 at the National Museum of American History Kenneth E. Behring Center from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Edwards will be signing her latest book, The Bus Ride That Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks.

In 1955, a young African-American woman named Rosa Parks took a big step for civil rights when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. The bus driver told her to move. Jim Crow laws told her to move. But Rosa Parks stayed where she was, and a chain of events was set into motion that would eventually change the course of American history and prove that one person can, indeed, change the world.

Fifty years later, The Bus Ride That Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks retraces that chain of events by introducing the civil rights movement one idea at a time. Take a ride through history with this unique retelling of what happened when one brave woman refused to stand up so that a white passenger could sit down.

Edwards is the author of more than twenty books for children. Originally from England, Edwards is a former children's librarian who now lives in Virginia with her husband.

The Museum collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures, ranging from the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” Museum hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000 or TTY (202) 633-5285. Web site: http://americanhistory.si.edu