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Our Auntie Rosa Book Signing and Panel at Southfield Library Jan. 22

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(SPL Press Release, Jan. 19, 2015)

Nieces and nephews of civil rights legend Rosa Parks will publicly share their personal memories for the first time at a launch of their new book, Our Auntie Rosa: The Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2014 at the Southfield Public Library. The program will feature a panel including McCauley Keys and other Our Auntie Rosa co-authors. A book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Published by Tarcher-Penguin/Random House, the book is a collection of 43 essays and dozens seed48030_barbara_winter_janfebmarch2015of rare or never seen photos and letters that reveal an intimate look at the woman who sparked the 1955 Montgomery, Ala. bus boycott. Emmy Award-winning Fox 2 News reporter and motivational speaker Lee Thomas will moderate the event.

“Originally, we thought we needed to write a book to dispel any myths about the family, that we didn’t exist, or that we only came around to try and get attention after our aunt died,” says Sheila McCauley Keys, a niece of Parks, who helped spearhead the effort. “As we got farther into the project, we realized we knew things about her, a side of her that most other people didn’t know, a human side that we wanted to share.”

The book resulted from hours of research and interviews with McCauley Keys and close to two-dozen of her relatives, conducted by author Eddie B. Allen Jr., who ghostwrote the nicholas-schrock-allstatemanuscript.

“There’s Rosa Parks, the icon, but we knew Auntie Rosa, the person,” adds McCauley Keys.

Best known for her 1955 arrest after refusing to release her seat on a segregated bus, Rosa Parks became a globally loved figure until her death in Detroit in 2005.

The Southfield Public Library is located in the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26300 Evergreen Road.  Visit the Library’s Home Page at  For further information, please call the Guest Services Desk at (248)796-4224.


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