Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rosa Parks

I just completed over fifty drawings for textbooks geared towards giving 4th and 5th graders more courage to write.  I illustrated essays by variety of fascinating people, from former Secretary of State, Condeleeza Rice - to the astronaut who fixed the Hubble Telescope. My favorite essay was by Rosa Parks, who's crime of sitting in the wrong seat on a bus became a rallying cry for the civil rights movement. As in the picture above (of Rosa Parks' childhood home), these drawings depict pivotal places (and moments) which helped define who she was.

As a child in the 1920's, Rosa attended a wooden schoolhouse.

White children were bussed to far nicer schools

White students used to throw trash at Rosa and classmates as they walked to school.

During segregation, African-Americans were required to enter and stay in the back of the bus.

My depiction of the seating chart for the bus Rosa Parks was arrested on.

From Rosa Parks' perspective, a view of her bus driver with police officers.

From Rosa Parks perspective, after her arrest. The officers were very respectful towards her.

A special thanks to art director Carmela Stricklett at Amplify, 
who helped guide me through this massive (but very fun) project.

You can view my new illustration website here!

"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others."
~ Rosa Parks


  1. What a terrific project this is, Daniel. Keep us posted about the textbooks!

  2. Thanks you Barbara! More interesting stories to come soon!